A 27-year-old former paramedic for a private ambulance operator in Singapore was fined S$3,000 by a Singapore court on Tuesday after pleading guilty to unlawfully sharing photographs of a suicide victim. The accused sent the images to her boyfriend, who put them on social media, resulting in their widespread circulation.
Nurizzah Afiqah Hussain, who at the time was a paramedic with private ambulance operator Unistrong Technology, was part of a crew called out to an incident involving a foreign domestic worker who hung herself from a ceiling fan on February 1, 2017, Shin Min Daily News reported.
The court learned that Hussain first took a photograph of the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) incident call sheet before heading out on the call.
At the scene of the suicide, ambulance driver Shaik Haziq Fahmi Shaik Nasair Johar used his mobile phone to take a photo of the deceased, who was still hanging from the ceiling fan. Hussain assisted him by shining a torch on the deceased.
Hussain then unlawfully shared the two photos via WhatsApp with her 28-year-old boyfriend Fazli Hisham Mohd Fairuz Shah. He then forwarded them to an online chat group. This led to the photographs being widely circulated on social media, where they were noted by the victim maid’s employment agency. The agency informed the dead domestic worker’s employer, who filed a report to the police
During sentencing on Tuesday, the judge slammed Hussain for her unprofessional act, noting that it constituted disrespect to the victim as well as causing a nuisance to the public.
For each charge of breaching the Official Secrets Act (OSA), the accused could have been jailed up to two years and fined up to S$2,000.
Cases against Shah and Johar remain pending.