Wednesday, July 16, 2003
Indon maid jailed for false rape report
AN INDONESIAN maid who claimed to have been raped by two men was jailed on Monday after she admitted to making a false police report.
She told investigators that she thought the lie would somehow speed up her return to her homeland.
Wiyati Sarmo, 22, had told police last Wednesday that she was raped at her employer’s block in Jelapang Road in Bukit Panjang.
“Two men covered their faces, tied my hands and made me drink beer. They then used a knife to cut my pants,” she had said in an emergency call to the police.
A medical examination showed that she had not been raped. On Monday, a magistrate’s court sentenced her to two weeks in jail.
Wiyati could have been jailed for up to six months but magistrate Chong Kah Wei noted that her false report had not resulted in anyone being arrested or “put at risk”. – The Straits Times/Asia News Network
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