Man jailed for promising that a CID cop will dispose of evidence against a suspect

A jobless man who promised a woman that he could arrange for a police officer to dispose of the evidence against her husband was sentenced to four weeks' jail on Tuesday. James Gunaseelan, 48, was also ordered to pay a penalty of $3,200, which was the amount he had corruptly obtained from Ms Azlina Mohamed.

He and her husband, Shaikh Salman Anwar Baladaram, were friends.

On July 23, 2011, Shaikh Salman was arrested for alleged cheating offences and his bail amount was set at $50,000.

The next day, Ms Azlina, 36, learnt that he was being held by Commercial Affairs Department (CAD) officers at the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) at the Police Cantonment Complex.

When Gunaseelan found out about Shaikh Salman's plight, he claimed to have called a Mr Amarjeet Singh, purportedly a mutual friend of theirs. He said that Mr Amarjeet knew a retired police officer, who could get a CID investigator to dispose of the evidence against her husband.

He then asked Ms Azlina for $3,200 and claimed he would hand $3,000 to the CID officer and $200 to the retired officer for his help.

Ms Azlina, an executive officer with the CPF Board, went to the police when her husband was charged with the cheating offences. Investigations then revealed that no money had been paid to any police officer. Gunaseelan had spent the $3,200 on personal expenses and to repay a debt.

Shaikh Salman claimed trial and is awaiting the verdict. Police were unable find any trace of Mr Singh.