(Source: www.straitstimes.com)

SINGAPORE – A Chinese national offered a $100 bribe to the security guard of a condominium to induce him to not register visitors to her rented flat where she and her roommate had been conducting vice activities.

Jiang Jinxiang, 28, was sentenced to three weeks’ jail on Friday (Oct 13) after she admitted to offering $100 to Mr Azman Mohamad at One Dusun Residences in Balestier, as an inducement to not register visitors to her residence on May 28.

But she is appealing against the sentence. Bail of $15,000 has been offered.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Sanjiv Vaswani said Jiang admitted that she and her roommate, Xiao Hui, had been conducting vice activities and they knew their customers would be investigated by the police if they were caught.

Some time after midnight on May 28, Xiao Hui had a customer who was going to the flat but he did not wish to register as a visitor, which would entail his name being registered in a log book kept by the security guard of the condominium.

To avoid this and to avoid her vice activities coming to light, Jiang decided that she would bribe the security guard on duty by offering him $100.

As she was unable to communicate well in English, she prepared a note on which she scribbled the unit number and “Don’t Register Thanks”.

She and Xiao Hui then approached Mr Azman at the security post. She took out a $100 note from her handbag and the note, and placed them on the table.

Mr Azman refused the offer and also gestured with his hands, indicating his refusal.

DPP Sanjiv said Jiang persisted and offered the guard the money again. He refused.

She then took the $100 note from the table and placed it inside a drawer. She tore up the note and threw it in the bin before leaving.

Mr Azman retrieved the $100 note and the torn note and subsequently reported the matter to the estate manager, who advised him to make a police report.

DPP Sanjiv sought at least three weeks’ jail for Jiang, saying that such an offence is serious and ordinarily warrants a jail sentence.

Jiang said in mitigation that she did not know that what she had done was against the law and that the offence was so serious. She promised not to re-offend.

She could have been fined up to $100,000 and/or jailed for up to five years.

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