First, he stole his colleague's mobile phone SIM card. Then, using the card, Indian national Ramasamy Ashwin, 21, sent 16 messages, some containing bomb threats, to his employer. He did this over a five-hour period on Dec 25 last year.
In some of the messages, he demanded $2,500 and claimed he would place six bombs in his employer’s worker dormitories if the cash was not delivered. His employer went to the police.
As a result, 200 workers living in two dormitories were evacuated as police officers combed the premises at Tuas View Place on Christmas Day.
Earlier this month, Ramasamy was sentenced to two-and-a-half years jail and three strokes of the cane after pleading guilty to one charge of attempted extortion and one count of theft in dwelling.
Ramasamy had pleaded guilty to the charges but is appealing against the sentence.
Read the full story in The New Paper on Saturday (Feb 25).