A 49-year old female nurse, Koh Sock Buay, was sentenced to 14 weeks’ imprisonment after pleading guilty to offences involving the dishonest misappropriation of $26,822 and trying to bite a Police officer’s hand.
Here are some brief, available facts on the case:
- She pleaded guilty.
- Koh had found a wallet at a coffee shop in Jalan Bukit Ho Swee. She kept the cash totalling $20,602 and a cash cheque of $6,220.
- She mailed the identity card, casino membership, ATM and credit cards to the victim (who was the owner of the wallet).
- A few days later, she tried to encash the cheque but was unable to do so because the victim had already informed the bank not to accept it.
- Using CCTV camera footage at the coffee shop which showed her taking the wallet, Koh was identified by the Police and later admitted to the offence after initially denying it.
- For the other charge, Koh had tried to bite the hand of a Police officer who was trying to secure handcuffs on her.
- In mitigation, Koh’s criminal defence lawyer informed the Court that she had a history of psychiatric problems and suffers from dysthymia or chronic depression.
- The Court deferred the commencement of her sentence in order to give her time to settle her personal affairs before starting her sentence.
More information on the case may be found here.