26 year-old Filipino loanshark runner Sittaraman Sam Kris Carbonel has been jailed 16 months and will face 6 lashes of the cane after he was convicted of 2 counts of harassment under the Moneylenders Act and one unrelated charge of criminal intimidation.
Sittaraman was tasked with throwing human faeces and urine at a hawker stall, which owed his employers a debt. However, as he was not provided with the materials, Sittaraman cooked up his own “shit” by mixing melted chocolate, kaya and green tea.
Sittaraman began working as a runner because of financial troubles when he approached Sabtu Yazid, a 25 year-old Singaporean who was working for a loanshark named “Larry”.
His tasks as a runner involved him harassing debtors by splashing paint at debtors’ places of residence, using bicycle locks to lock up their homes and scribbling messages on their walls.
He carried out 4 assignments for his employer at different HDB estates in Bukit Panjang, Boon Lay, Choa Chu Kang and Jurong East and earned $200 per job.