‘Shouty’ policewoman charged in court

KUALA LUMPUR: The policewoman who got herself into hot water for shouting at her colleagues and arguing with a female civilian has been charged in court.

Inspector Sheila Sharon Steven Kumar, 35, pleaded not guilty to two charges (Section 506 and 509 of the Penal Code) before Magistrate Chai Guan Hock and one charge (Section 509 of the same Code) before Magistrate Nur Hafizah Rajuni at the Selayang Magistrate's Court on Monday (June 26).

Section 506 of the Penal Code is for criminal intimidation which involves a jail term of up to two years or a fine, or both upon conviction, while Section 509 of the same Code is for insulting the modesty of any person by word, through sound, gesture or exhibiting any object intentionally, provided a maximum jail sentence of five years or fine, or both, upon conviction.

At the first court, Insp Sheila, who is attached to the Bukit Aman Commercial Crime Investigation Department, was accused of making criminal threats to a 69-year-old woman at a shop lot in Taman Sri Gombak at around noon on June 15.

She was charged with insulting the modesty of a 41-year-old man an hour after the first incident at the same location on the same day.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Wan Nur Iman Wan Ahmad Afzal offered bail at RM8,000.

Insp Sheila's lawyer Manoharan Malayalam pleaded for the magistrate to issue a bond on the accused instead, on account that she was a serving police officer who has a clean background and has always put her career first.

Magistrate Chai fixed bail for RM3,000.

The case is set for mention on Aug 7.

At a separate court before Magistrate Nur Hafizah, Insp Sheila faced her third charge where she was accused of intimidating a male policeman of a lance corporal rank with intent to insult his modesty around 1.25pm on the same day and location as the previous two charges.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Anis Farhan Ahmad Hilmi proposed a RM5,000 bail in one surety.

However, Manoharan pleaded for the Magistrate to tie the bail with the previous case before Magistrate Chai.

Magistrate Nur Hafizah then fixed bail at RM2,000 bail and also fixed August 7 for mention.

Manoharan, when met after the court proceedings, said there were initially a total of six charges against Insp Sheila.

However, he said three of the cases were dropped.

Sheila got herself into hot water earlier this month when a viral video emerged showing her arguing with other police personnel and civilians.

She was detained on June 18 by Gombak police and subsequently released on police bail.

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