A former policeman was sentenced to six months’ jail on Wednesday (Jun 29) for stalking and harassing his ex-girlfriend.
Adrian Goh Guan Kiong, a married father of three, stalked and harassed the 25-year-old victim after the pair’s three-year long relationship soured last year. The couple’s relationship was “strained and rocky”, the court heard, and Goh was jealous that the victim was close friends with several male colleagues.
On Jul 31 last year, while the pair were having lunch at Causeway Point, Goh took the woman’s phone and excused himself to use the toilet.
Using her phone, Goh sent the woman’s colleagues four naked pictures of her and two lewd messages, before rejoining her at the table. The victim received numerous calls and messages from concerned colleagues, asking if her phone had been hacked into or stolen, but Goh ignored them.
However, the victim soon found out what Goh had done. She confronted him, but he denied his actions. The naked pictures were taken with the victim’s consent during the course of the couple’s relationship, but Goh had promised her not to circulate them, the court heard.
On Apr 3, Goh set up a fictitious e-mail account and sent an e-mail to the victim’s boss, alleging that the woman and a colleague had had sex in their uniforms, and that there was “evidence of this circulating on the Internet”, court documents stated.
Goh told the victim’s boss he was “shocked and anguished” at her behavior. However, the contents of the e-mail were false, Assistant Public Prosecutor Thiagesh Sukumaran said. Goh simply wanted to humiliate the victim and stymie her career out of resentment and jealousy, the APP added.
Later that day, Goh, claiming to be from the victim's church, sent a letter to the woman’s father, which said his daughter had been engaging in pre-marital sex with two men, and that she may be asked to leave the church if she continued to do so. APP Sukumaran said the contents of this letter were also false, and that Goh had admitted he sent the letter “knowing the victim’s family were staunch Christians and would disapprove of this behaviour”.
In court on Wednesday, APP Sukumaran said Goh had aimed to “besmirch the reputation of the victim” in an effort to “devastate the victim’s life”.
APP Sukumaran also pointed out Goh had deleted the pictures and messages he had sent to the woman’s colleagues using her phone, leaving the victim “blithely unaware that her reputation was being tarnished”. Goh’s plan was to “viciously and cruelly destroy the victim’s reputation (and) career prospects” to “placate his feelings of betrayal, resentment and frustration,” the APP said, urging the court to impose five to six months’ jail.
In her Victim Impact Statement, the victim wrote she was reluctant to return to work after the incident, afraid her colleagues would “view me differently”.
“I WILL BE HAUNTED FOREVER BY WHAT I DID”
In a letter to the court, Goh said he was “truly sorry”. “I lost my career, my friends treat me like a leper and my family is suffering,” he wrote. “I will be haunted forever by what I did.”
In sentencing Goh to six months’ jail, District Judge Ow Yong Tuck Leong noted the former policeman had "deliberately and calculatedly" caused harm to the victim. The humiliation the woman suffered will have long-lasting effects, the judge said.
Another charge for possession of 331 obscene films was taken into consideration during sentencing.
For unlawful stalking, Goh could have been jailed for up to 12 months, fined up to S$5,000 or both.