Police have issued a statement on Sunday (Dec 30) clarifying two claims made by Emilia Chong.
Chong was filmed by a man while she was in a toilet cubicle at NTUC Income Tampines branch on Christmas Day.
Recounting the incident on a now-deleted viral Facebook post on the same day, Chong claimed:
- Police did not arrest the man immediately, but only did so after viewing the closed-circuit television (CCTV) footage at the scene
- She was told by a police officer that the suspect may be “let off with just a warning”.
Prima facie evidence of the alleged offences need to be established first before effecting arrest.
(Prima facie denotes evidence that, unless rebutted, would be sufficient to prove a particular proposition or fact.)
Countering Chong’s claim that the Police did not arrest the man immediately:
“…the Police officers had detained the man (so that he could not run away) before proceeding to conduct preliminary investigations, which included viewing CCTV footage and interviewing witnesses, to establish if there was prima facie evidence of the alleged offences. There being so, the Police then proceeded to effect the arrest. These established procedures are to ensure fairness and impartiality towards all parties involved, including the alleged offender.”
Depending on the facts of the case, punishment for perpetrators could range from a stern warning to prosecution in court.
On Chong’s claim that she was told by a police officer that the suspect could be “let off with just a warning”:
“The Police officers told her that the punishment for perpetrators of such offences could range from a stern warning to prosecution in Court, depending on the facts of the case. The recommended punishment must be taken in consultation with the Attorney-General’s Chambers, and only after investigations have been completed. As such, at the point of arrest, the Police officers would not have been able to determine the eventual course of action against the perpetrator.”
The Police had clarified the above points with Ms Chong.
In such cases, the offences of ‘insulting a women’s modesty’ and ‘criminal trespass’ applies.
The police are investigating the 30-year-old suspect under the offences of criminal trespass and insulting the modest of women.
One can be sentenced to up to a year of imprisonment, or with fine, or both.
The statement added: “We treat all cases seriously. Anyone found to have committed an offence will be dealt with in accordance with the law. At the same time, justice requires us to also consider the rights of the alleged offender, and to take actions of arrest and prosecution only after appropriate investigations have been conducted.”
The Police are aware of a Facebook post by Ms Emilia Chong regarding a case where a 30-year old man had allegedly…