Unwrapped: Understanding our judicial system

  • The Singapore judicial system is said to be “firm, just and fair” yet according to reports in the media, it seems to mete out punishment differently to different people for similar offences.
  • The difference in the sentences in two recent media reports of women having kicked police officers seems to be a case in point.
  • Through our weekly series Unwrapped this week, TheHomeGround Asia finds out from partner at IRB Law Muntaz Zainuddin if this is so, or that media reports on crime do not cover the full extent of the law.

There is no doubt that the Singapore judicial system is said to be firm, just and fair; yet, according to reports in the media it seems to mete out different punishments to different people committing similar offences.

In our weekly series Unwrapped, TheHomeGround Asia takes a closer look at major stories and happenings that impact Singaporeans.

In early August, it sentenced two women, one a Briton and the other a Mongolian, differently for having kicked police officers on two separate occasions.

Briton Carlie Jayne Guy, 37, was fined $4,000 on 4 Aug after she pleaded guilty a charge of voluntarily causing hurt and two charges over use of criminal force. She had, on 2 Feb 2019, pushed a taxi driver into the bushes after a dispute over the fare and had scratched and kicked police officers who were called to the scene.

In the second case, Mongolian Boldbaatar Odonchimeg, 35, was sentenced to 12 weeks’ jail and fined $3,000 on 8 Aug after she, too, pleaded guilty to voluntarily causing hurt to a police officer and another charge of harassment committed on 6 Dec last year. She had kicked the policeman in the groin, causing him to suffer a bruise.

TheHomeGround Asia speaks toĀ Partner atĀ IRB LAW LLPĀ Muntaz Zainuddin to understand why this discrepancy seems to exist.

RELATED: Unwrapped: When surveillance cameras do nothing to manage bad behaviour

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