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A domestic worker was on Monday sentenced to two weeks' jail by a district court for lodging a false police report that she had been abducted and confined in a room by three men.
SINGAPORE: A domestic worker was on Monday sentenced to two weeks' jail by a district court for lodging a false police report that she had been abducted and confined in a room by three men.
37-year-old Yati, an Indonesian, committed the offence in the early hours of 9 January.
The court heard that Yati had called Sengkang Neighbourhood Police Centre from a mobile phone, saying she felt giddy and had been dragged into a car by three men.
She also said she had been taken into a lift, and up to the 6th or 12th floor, and kept in a room that was dark with a small window.
Officers were then dispatched to investigate, and the mobile phone number was traced to two HDB blocks in Ang Mo Kio.
After an 18-hour manhunt to locate Yati, the police found her at another block in the estate.
She was then questioned, and later admitted to making a false police report.
She said she had done so as she was a runaway domestic worker, who hoped that the police would help her to return to the agency she came from.
The court also heard that Yati had been diagnosed with a disorder that made her unable to adjust and cope with work conditions, as well as with depression.
She could have been jailed up to three years and fined up to S$10,000.