Ex-Mediacorp producer gets jail for attacking cops
A DRUNK woman, who took off her bikini top in a pool at Tanjong Beach Club on Sentosa, used criminal force and hurled abusive language at four police officers who attended to a complaint.
Yesterday, former Mediacorp producer Zhao Xiaotian, 26, was sentenced to two weeks' jail after she admitted to slapping Sergeant Muhammad Fahmi Osman, 27, and spitting at Sergeant Muhammad Hafiz Kamsari, 30, twice outside the club.
The incident happened on April 26 last year.
She is out on $10,000 bail, pending her appeal against the sentence.
Zhao had gone to the club at about 1pm to meet her friends. They stayed until the evening and drank alcohol.
At about 8.30pm, security guard Zainal Abidin Amir Hamzah, 39, found that Zhao had removed her bikini top in the pool.
She put it on when told to do so but went topless again shortly later.
When Mr Zainal Abidin asked for her identification, she became aggressive and the police were called.
When Sgts Fahmi and Hafiz arrived, she used abusive language on them.
When Sgt Fahmi asked for her IC, she put her black bikini top on his shoulder, close to his face.
She then slapped him on the left side of his face.
She was arrested and struggled violently but was eventually restrained.
When the two officers tried to place her in the back seat of the police car, she continued resisting, hurled vulgarities and spat at Sgt Hafiz twice.
When a female sergeant arrived, Zhao remained hostile and used abusive language on the officers. Her blood alcohol level was found to be 121mg per 100ml.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Randeep Singh Koonar said the abuse directed at the officers was egregious. "It was both derogatory and calculated to be such."
Zhao's lawyer, Nakoorsha A.K., said Zhao, a multi-linguist who is now a sales and marketing associate, is very sorry and greatly regrets her actions.
District Judge Lee Poh Choo said the facts showed total disregard of the police.
"Law-enforcement officers must be protected from abuse, whether physical or verbal, and must be accorded their due respect,'' she added.
Six other charges were taken into consideration.
Zhao, who was with Mediacorp in 2012 as well as from December 2014 to last September, could have been jailed for up to four years and fined on each charge.