Woman jailed for assaulting policeman

Resshmi B. Rasmi was jailed for three months yesterday for attacking a police officer as he was trying to question her and several others at Orchard Towers shopping centre last October.
Resshmi B. Rasmi was jailed for three months yesterday for attacking a police officer as he was trying to question her and several others at Orchard Towers shopping centre last October.ST PHOTO: WONG KWAI CHOW

A woman shoved a policeman in the chest and pinned him against a wall in a chokehold as he tried to question her and several others at Orchard Towers shopping centre.

Station Inspector Gerald Chan Wee Ming, 42, managed to break free from Resshmi B. Rasmi and she became violent again when his colleagues tried to arrest her.

The Singaporean woman struggled and swung her arms around, smacking the left hand of another policeman, 21-year-old Sergeant Chng Yong En.

She was arrested after more police officers arrived at the scene.

Resshmi, 21, pleaded guilty to one count of assaulting Station Insp Chan and was jailed for three months yesterday. One count of using criminal force on Sgt Chng was considered during sentencing.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Tan Zhi Hao said that at around 10am on Oct 27 last year, the police received a call about a commotion in front of a club in the Orchard Road shopping mall.

Station Insp Chan and Sgt Chng arrived at the scene and saw a scuffle involving a group of at least six people, including Resshmi.

 

The policemen managed to defuse the situation and were trying to find out more about it when a man from the group suddenly ran into a nearby toilet. The other people, including Resshmi, followed him inside and the officers called for backup as they did not want to lose control of the situation.

DPP Tan said the group became increasingly rowdy and the two officers blocked the door of the toilet to stop them from leaving.

When the officers attempted again to establish the facts of the incident, "the group refused to comply and tried to push their way out of the toilet", said DPP Tan.

Resshmi, who was inside the toilet, then charged towards Station Insp Chan and assaulted him.

The officer had a bruise and a scratch mark on his chest and was given two days of medical leave.

Yesterday, DPP Tan told District Judge Luke Tan that Resshmi's actions "could potentially have caused the incident to escalate".

Offenders convicted of assaulting a policeman can be jailed for up to seven years and be fined or caned.

Resshmi cannot be caned as she is a woman.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 27, 2019, with the headline 'Woman jailed for assaulting policeman'. Print Edition | Subscribe