Charged: Using sex to pay debts isn't enough for this maid!

Charged: Using sex to pay debts isn't enough for this maid!

SG Gazette·2018-02-16 23:17

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An attempt to get her employer’s father-in-law punished for rape turned the accuser into the accused, as a domestic worker was charged with giving one count of giving false information to a public servant on 8 Jun 2017.

Dina Melina had agreed to have sex with her employer’s father-in-law Abu Bakar Bin Along to pay off a $1,000 loan.

She then tried to extort money from him by pretending to be his daughter-in-law and saying she will expose his sexual relationship with the maid.

The 32-year-old Melina made the police report when the extortion failed - saying he had raped her in one report, and touched her body without her consent in another.

A third report was made alleging he had squeezed her breast. The charge for this third piece of false information will be taken into consideration during sentencing.

Melina worked under Abu Bakar’s daughter-in-law since late 2013.

The 70-year-old man did not stay at the residence, but visited every three to four months. He spoke to Melina during this time.

In December 2016, she asked him for a loan of $1,000. She was then unable to pay it back and told him in February or March 2017.

She asked if there was anything he wanted in return, and he said to have sex. She agreed and they had sexual intercourse in April.

Melina believed she was being underpaid by her employer, and asked for more money from Abu Bakar by saying she developed a pain in her vagina after the sexual encounter.

He gave her another $1,000, and she agreed to let him touch her breast in payment.

She tried to extort more money from him by impersonating Abu Bakar’s daughter-in-law and her employer by sending him text messages saying she had discovered his sexual relationship with the maid. As her daughter-in-law, she would then expose the relationship if he did not give her more money.

Abu Bakar saw through this and refused.

Melina then lodged the police reports at a Neighbourhood Police Post to teach her employer and Abu Bakar a lesson.

The police recorded six statements from her from June to July, and a statement from Abu Bakar in July. They also seized her phone for forensic examination.

Her ruse was found out when she and Abu Bakar went through a polygraph test, which is used to detect lies. She admitted it after the results was released.

Melina is expected to be sentenced on Wednesday.

For giving false information to a public servant, she faces a jail term of up to one year, a maximum fine of $5,000, or both per count.

(Image Credit/s: Eden Grace Maids Agency, Odyssey, Micah Lim 林益才 Real Estate Singapore)

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