Singapore

Ambulance driver who shared photo of hanged maid fined

An ambulance driver took a picture of a dead body while attending to a case of a maid who had hanged herself in February last year.

He sent the photo on his mobile phone to his colleagues, and it soon found its way onto social media.

Shaik Haziq Fahmi Shaik Nasair Johar, 29, was working for private ambulance operator Unistrong Technology, which has a contract with the Government for its services.

Yesterday, Haziq was fined $1,500 under the Official Secrets Act (OSA).

His former colleague, paramedic Nurizzah Afiqah Hussain, 27, was fined $3,000 last month for her role in disseminating the photo by sending it to her then boyfriend. She had also been sacked by Unistrong.

The incident came to light after the maid's employer became aware of the photograph's existence and informed the investigating officer for the case.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Serene Yap told the court that Haziq was on duty on Feb 1 last year at Marine Parade Fire Post when a message came in from the control room.

The maid's employer had called the police to inform them that the maid had hanged herself while the family was overseas for five days.

Haziq and his team, including Nurizzah, then went to the apartment of the dead woman's employer.

While there, he used his mobile phone to take a photo of the body, as Nurizzah shone a torchlight on it.

Defence lawyer Amarick Gill said in mitigation that Haziq already had his contract with Unistrong terminated and was remorseful for his actions.

In sentencing, District Judge Marvin Bay called Haziq's actions "deeply disturbing". He added that the actions intruded on the privacy of the family of the dead maid's employer.

For the offence under the OSA, Haziq could have been jailed for up to two years and fined up to $2,000.

COURT & CRIME