Ex-DJ who made fake drug claims jailed

Low tried initially to pin the blame on tainted slimming pills, but later admitted to consuming methamphetamine.
Low tried initially to pin the blame on tainted slimming pills, but later admitted to consuming methamphetamine.ST PHOTO: WONG KWAI CHOW

She gets 16 months for drug consumption after ploy fails

A former nightclub disc jockey, who had embarked on an elaborate scheme to exonerate herself by deceiving law enforcement, the prosecution and the court, was sentenced to 16 months' jail for drug consumption yesterday.

A deterrent sentence was called for in this case because Low Lovynn Lagman had misled the authorities, District Judge Tan Jen Tse said, agreeing with the prosecution.

The 33-year-old threw in the towel only on the third day of her methamphetamine consumption trial early this year.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Sharmila Sripathy-Shanaz asked for an exemplary sentence of at least 18 months' jail to be imposed for Low's "highly egregious conduct". Low, she said, had schemed to undermine the criminal justice system.

She tampered with the contents of a Grenade slimming pill and adulterated its contents with methamphetamine before submitting the tainted pill to a defence forensic expert for analysis. She knew the pill in its original form did not contain methamphetamine.

Low also claimed she had bought sample packs of the pills from a person called "Sudar" at the Tampines branch of True Fitness gym some time in March 2014.

She claimed to have taken the pill at the gym on April 22, 2014, the day she was arrested.

Low procured forged documents from a gym employee to buttress her claim that she had been a member at the time of the offence when she had actually joined 21/2 months after her arrest.

DPP Sharmila submitted that Low, who was not a first offender, had led the court on a "wild goose chase", with the result that precious court time was wasted.

Low had tested positive for drug consumption in 2010 and 2014.

She said it was aggravating that Low had employed multiple subversive measures to avoid detection.

Low had demonstrated a "flagrant disregard of the law".

"This contempt for the justice system permeated every stage of the case," added the DPP.

Her lawyers Sunil Sudheesan and Diana Ngiam said in their mitigation plea that Low had essentially lied to cover an earlier lie.

Counsel said she had got herself into a downward spiral from which she did not know how to get out.

Mr Sunil, who submitted that an appropriate sentence would be around 12 months, said this case involved a person who was not brave enough to face the consequences of her decision to take methamphetamine.

Low was allowed to defer her sentence to July 7.

The maximum penalty for taking a controlled drug is 10 years' jail and a $20,000 fine.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 21, 2017, with the headline 'Ex-DJ who made fake drug claims jailed'. Print Edition | Subscribe