A 32 year old man, Sanjiv Kumar Sivaraj was hauled to court today (26 January) and slapped with a fine of $3,000 for his action of cursing at a Police officer when he was asked to throw away his beer at 10:30pm at a coffee shop, which was pass the time limit for public consumption of alcohol.
In lieu of the fine, he would have to serve two weeks in jail.
Sanjiv insulted the policeman who approached him by telling the policeman that he himself should take it and throw away if he wants to and added to the policeman that they are technically paying the policemen salary.
He also used an expletive on the policeman on duty by calling him an ‘a..hole’.
On the night of 23 Dec 2020, Sanjiv was with a group of his friends at Block 259 coffee shop in Bukit Panjang Ring Road.
A woman who was at the coffeeshop and believed to be working there called the Police for assistance at 10:40pm after the group which Sanjiv was in refused to let her take the glasses containing beer away and appear to want to remain there all the way.
Three police officers then arrived at around 10:50pm, almost ten minutes later where they spotted Sanjiv and four others seated at the table with half a glass of beer still in their glasses.
A police officer from the trio then told them nicely that it is pass the time limit for alcohol consumption and that they needed to throw the beer away.
The other four in the group obliged and poured their beer away getting ready to leave but Sanjiv remained stubborn and continued to smoke leaving the beer glass with him.
Arrested by officer
Sanjiv then used an expletive on the officer and was subsequently arrested for using offensive language to a public servant.
He had called the officer ‘a..hole’ and asked him to clear the beer himself because they are his paylord.
Regretted his actions
While he pleaded guilty in court for a count of using offensive language to a public servant, he mitigated that he has regretted what he did and would be more mature in the future.
For his actions of using offensive words towards a public servant, Sanjiv could have been jailed up to a year and/or fined up to S$5,000.
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