A former director from the Singapore Civil Defense Force (SCDF)’s technology department is facing 10 weeks jail following the conviction of two counts of criminal breach of trust. In 2011, 63-year-old Jeganathan Ramasamy took two iPads, entrusted by contractor NCS Pte Ltd meant for mobile applications testing, for his personal use. He sold one at S$200 to his colleague, senior director Eric Yap Wee Teck, and gave the other to his daughter.

In his defence, Jeganathan believed a text message he received from the vendor’s representative indicated he was allowed personal use of the iPads, and not just for company purposes.

The judge found the former director guilty for misappropriating the two iPads worth S$1,877, and the deputy prosecutor delivered a harsh statement calling the offenses “serious, deliberate and lack of professional integrity”.

The former SCDF director has been granted S$15,000 bail with his passport impounded, following his successful application for an appeal at the High Court.