The court docket heard that the sufferer, a 46-year-old man, dropped his Louis Vuitton pockets and keys on the entrance of The Alcove Condominium, the place he lived, on August 27 final yr.
Minutes after the sufferer left, a passer-by came upon the pockets and keys and picked them up. The passer-by instantly handed the pockets, which contained not less than SGD 500, to Murugaiya, who was manning the safety desk on the condominium.
Nevertheless, Murugaiya stored the pockets and cash and took them dwelling with him.
The following day, the sufferer met with Murugaiya, his supervisor and advised him about his misplaced pockets.
Murugaiya finally admitted taking the pockets, and signed on a bit of paper alongside along with his supervisor indicating that the pockets was with him.
The sufferer returned his keys on August 29, 2023, however obtained his pockets solely a day later, with SGD490 lacking.
Solely SGD10 was left within the pockets, and the remaining sum was not recovered.
Murugaiya didn’t make any restitution, in response to the Channel report.
The sufferer made a police report, and Murugaiya was arrested in December 2023 and remanded.
The prosecutor sought not less than 4 weeks’ jail, noting Murugaiya’s lack of previous convictions.
Nevertheless, she mentioned there was a “prime quality and diploma of belief” positioned in Murugaiya, who was a safety officer tasked with guaranteeing the security of the premises, property and of apartment residents.
“As such, any resident of the condominium who returns a misplaced merchandise to the accused would have a excessive diploma of belief within the accused that the merchandise could be safely returned to the rightful proprietor,” mentioned Deputy Public Prosecutor Ashley Poh.
She added that the pockets was returned solely after the sufferer spoke with Murugaiya and his supervisor.
“The overall worth of the merchandise misappropriated within the first place, earlier than the accused was confronted, amounted to not less than SGD2,300 in worth,” the Channel quoted Poh as saying.
For legal breach of belief by dishonest misappropriation, Murugaiya might have been jailed for as much as seven years, fined, or each.