Singapore: Jail for ex-policeman who forged witness statements, then lied to court in bid to be a lawyer

Willjude Vimalraj Raymond Suras was sentenced to 25 months’ jail; he was found to have forged 38 statements in 21 case files.

After his superior discovered that he had recorded two identical statements from witnesses in separate cases, a police officer was found to have forged 38 statements in 21 case files.

While under probe, Willjude Vimalraj Raymond Suras resigned from the Singapore Police Force in April 2019 and applied to become a lawyer.

In his application to the Singapore Bar, he lied in an affidavit to the High Court dated Dec 22, 2020, that he was not under any pending criminal investigation or proceedings in Singapore.

Willjude, 33, was sentenced to 25 months’ jail on June 20 after he pleaded guilty to 10 charges, including nine for forgery.

The last charge he admitted to was for intentionally giving false evidence in a judicial proceeding.

A total of 29 other forgery charges were taken into consideration during Willjude’s sentencing.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Grace Chua said that Willjude held the rank of inspector, and as an investigating officer, his duties included recording statements from witnesses for criminal and coroner’s cases and recommending the appropriate course of action to his supervisor.

The prosecutor said Willjude’s supervisor noticed that Willjude rarely followed up outstanding investigations and often did not file away completed matters.

“She spoke to the accused on several occasions about his poor performance but did not see any progress,” DPP Chua added.