Russian woman who slapped cop gets 2 weeks' jail, fine

Svetlana Filimonova and her Australian husband Males Milan, both aged 29, pleaded guilty to their offences on Oct 2. She had assaulted a policewoman trying to calm her and he had punched a man trying to separate the couple during their quarrel.
Svetlana Filimonova and her Australian husband Males Milan, both aged 29, pleaded guilty to their offences on Oct 2. She had assaulted a policewoman trying to calm her and he had punched a man trying to separate the couple during their quarrel.ST FILE PHOTO

Her husband also given fine for assault and causing disturbance in a public place

A Russian woman had a spat with her husband outside the Altimate club in Raffles Place last year but ended up slapping a policewoman who tried to calm her down.

Meanwhile, the woman's Australian spouse punched a club promoter who had tried to intervene in the couple's quarrel.

Svetlana Filimonova, who is unemployed, was sentenced to two weeks' jail yesterday for using criminal force on Assistant Superintendent Joey Tham Si Ning, 31. She was also fined $500 for causing disturbance in a public place.

Her husband, project manager Males Milan, was fined $4,500 for assaulting Mr Jaris Chung Muhd Khairi, 19, and causing disturbance in a public place.

The couple, who are both 29 years old, pleaded guilty to their offences on Oct 2.

According to court documents, the couple drank heavily after arriving at the club at about midnight on May 27 last year.

They then had a heated argument and began yelling at each other when the nightspot was about to close at around 3.50am.

 

When Mr Chung saw Milan raising his hand to hit Filimonova, he stepped in and tried to separate the pair.

Milan was incensed that Mr Chung had placed his hands on his chest and punched the club promoter's face once.

Onlookers tried to restrain Milan but the Australian broke free and punched Mr Chung's face two more times.

After that, Milan continued shouting loudly and jostled with the other patrons at the club.

He also refused to leave when bouncers tried to escort him out and created a ruckus until police officers arrived to arrest him.

Filimonova, who was yelling hysterically, insisted she wanted to be with Milan.

When Assistant Superintendent Tham told her to calm down, she told the policewoman not to touch her and slapped the officer's right cheek once.

For using criminal force on a police officer, Filimonova could have been jailed for up to four years and fined.

For assault, Milan could have been jailed for up to two years and fined up to $5,000.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 25, 2018, with the headline 'Russian woman who slapped cop gets 2 weeks' jail, fine'. Print Edition | Subscribe