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Indian-Origin Singaporean Jailed Over ‘Sex Video’ Extortion Plan: Report

An Indian-origin Singaporean on Monday was sentenced to 18 months in jail after he pleaded responsible to at least one rely of felony intimidation whereas being part of a four-man plan to extort SGD 60,000 from a married businessman who was secretly recorded having intercourse with one other man in 2019, in accordance with a media report.

Initially, three males, together with the businessman’s private assistant have been a part of this extortion plan. They lowered the quantity to SGD 50,000.

But police arrested them earlier than money may change palms. They have been later launched on bail.

However, on April 2, 2020, Tan Yong Jian, who was a part of the trio, roped in 29-year-old Mahadevan Edwyn, a person of Indian-origin, to be a part of the extortion scheme, The Straits Times newspaper reported.

Mr Edwyn, who dedicated the offence whereas he was underneath a remission order, was promised a 50-50 cut up of the quantity negotiated by cellphone calls from the 53-year-old businessman, in accordance with the report.

“The accused agreed to Yong Jian’s plan, as his income was affected by the economic downturn and he needed money to renovate his new… flat (apartment unit),” Deputy Public Prosecutor (DPP) Zhou Yang advised the court docket.

In late 2019, the private assistant secretly put in a digital camera within the businessman’s house, and left the digital camera in his home for about three weeks, the report said.

During that point, he managed to report his boss having intercourse with one other man on at the least 5 events.

On April three final yr, Mr Edwyn despatched the businessman a textual content, asking him handy over SGD 50,000 in money inside 24 hours.

Mr Edwyn additionally advised that movies of him “committing gay acts” could be uploaded on Facebook and different boards if he didn’t ship the money inside the stipulated time.

The businessman initially replied that he didn’t have the cash.

But on April four final yr, he despatched Mr Edwyn one other message stating that he wanted a few week to lift the SGD 50,000.

Mr Edwyn felt suspicious and removed the cell phone in addition to the SIM card he had used to contact the businessman, the report said.

Mr Edwyn dedicated the offence whereas he was underneath a remission order, simply months after he was launched from jail in late 2019 over crimes not said in court docket paperwork, the report mentioned.

As a part of the order, he was supposed to maintain out of hassle from October 9, 2019 to August 28 final yr.

For breaching it, he’ll now should spend a further 59 days behind bars, it added.

(This story has not been edited by NDTV employees and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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