Singapore

Guard fined for pouring hand sanitiser into colleague's water bottle

Unhappy with a colleague who he felt gossiped too much, a 49-year-old security guard added hand sanitiser into her water bottle as a prank - to "sanitise her mouth".

The victim, also a security guard, experienced pain and irritation in her throat after drinking from the bottle. She did not seek medical attention.

Dilip Kumar Gobind, a Singaporean, was fined $4,500 yesterday after pleading guilty to one count of committing a rash act with a harmful substance that was likely to cause hurt to another person.

NIGHT SHIFT

The court heard that Dilip was working the night shift at a condominium in Bedok in April last year when he committed the offence.

He took the victim's water bottle, which was half-filled with water, from the guard house and squirted at least two pumps of hand sanitiser into it.

The victim, 54, tasted the sanitiser when she drank from the bottle the next morning and spat some of the liquid out. But what she had consumed left a painful sensation in her throat.

She lodged a police report after an operations officer reviewed closed-circuit television footage of the guard house and identified Dilip as the miscreant.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Justin Chua sought a fine of between $1,500 and $2,000 for the accused.

He said a clinical toxicologist had assessed that the solution of water and hand sanitiser was unlikely to have caused serious injury to the victim.

In mitigation, Dilip said he had acted "in a spur of the moment" and regretted his actions.

When questioned by the judge, he said he had called the victim to apologise but she did not wish to speak to him.

For the offence, Dilip could have been jailed for up to a year and fined $5,000. - THE STRAITS TIMES

COURT & CRIME