SINGAPORE - Video footage from closed-circuit television cameras and cameras worn by police officers show that Madam Josephine Savarimuthu was not restrained by police at any point in time while in their custody.
The Police in a statement on Thursday night (March 16) said that they have invited the family of the 74-year-old woman to view the footage at their convenience.
They added that the video footage also showed that Madam Savarimuthu was alert, coherent and communicative when in Police custody and did not appear to be distressed.
In a Straits Times Forum letter published on Wednesday, Madam Gertrude Simon wrote that her mother, Madam Savarimuthu, was handcuffed and had leg restraints on when she was moved between the police station, Changi Women's Prison (CWP) and the court.
Madam Simon, 55, in an interview with The Straits Times added that her mother - who lives alone - was also stressed and overwhelmed throughout the incident.
The authorities in a statement on Wednesday said that only in her transfer to the prison was Madam Savarimuthu restrained at the hands and legs. They explained that this was part of standard Singapore Prison Service operating procedures, which include preventing persons in custody from harming themselves.
Madam Savarimuthu was arrested after she lodged a police report at a neighbourhood police post.
While processing her report, the police officer discovered that she had an outstanding warrant of arrest issued by the court in 2016 for failing to attend court relating to a town council summons over the wrongful placement of potted plants.