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SINGAPORE, Sept 15 — Singer and actor Aliff Aziz was sentenced to two weeks’ jail and a S$500 (RM1,519) fine today for stealing from an Indonesian singer in a hotel room and behaving rowdily several months later near Orchard Towers.
Another theft charge was taken into consideration for sentencing.
The 29-year-old, who pleaded guilty last month to the charges, was found unsuitable for a community sentencing option, called a mandatory treatment order, to address his psychiatric disorder.
A mandatory treatment order is offered to offenders suffering from mental health conditions that led to an offence. Those given the order must attend sessions with a court-appointed psychiatrist.
One of Aliff’s four lawyers, Mr Murali Pillai of Rajah & Tann, previously told the court that a psychiatrist at Raffles Hospital diagnosed Aliff with an adjustment disorder.
However, Aliff was found unsuitable for a mandatory treatment order as the court-appointed psychiatrist who examined him said that his disorder had “no bearing, link or contribution to his offending behaviour”.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Pavithra Ramkumar sought two weeks’ jail and a fine which Mr Murali agreed with.
In sentencing Aliff, Principal District Judge Victor Yeo took into account Aliff’s expression of remorse and his “personal circumstances” leading to his offences. He was also willing to continue contributing to the community, said the judge.
This is not Aliff’s first brush with the law.
He was fined S$2,000 in 2014 for theft with common intention.
On June 7 last year, Aliff met Indonesian celebrity Raja Yunika Perdhana Putri, 32, in her room at the Studio M Hotel near Clarke Quay.
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They discussed how Ms Raja could help further his singing career in Indonesia. She then went to rest and left her handbag near Aliff.
He took S$300 and 1 million rupiah (S$94) from her handbag before leaving the room.
When Ms Raja awoke a few hours later, she called Aliff to ask about the missing money. He initially denied stealing it.
She made a police report later that afternoon and he eventually admitted that he stole the cash because he needed money.
He exchanged the rupiah for Singapore dollars at a money changer and spent the cash on food and transport.
He has since repaid the full amount to Ms Raja.
Separately, on Aug 6 last year, at about 4.45am, Aliff stole a packet of cigarettes and a lighter from a man at a Starbucks cafe in Plaza Singapura mall along Orchard Road.
Three months later, on Nov 10, he was captured behaving in a disorderly manner in a video that went viral online.
At 5.30am that day, while drunk, he shouted loudly and gesticulated at another person under the link bridge at Orchard Towers along Orchard Road. Several passers-by tried to intervene.
Two police officers advised him to calm down and he walked away.
Trailing him from a distance, the officers saw him shouting loudly again and gesturing at passers-by. He also kicked the bumper of a taxi.
The officers again told him to calm down but he continued to be rowdy.
Aliff then ran into an acquaintance and the pair got into a scuffle.
The officers intervened and arrested Aliff.
For theft in a dwelling, he could have been jailed up to seven years and fined.
For behaving in a disorderly manner in public, he could have been jailed for up to six months or fined up to S$2,000, or given both penalties. — TODAY