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The crime of a slut


SingaporeNo money but want to give his girlfriend a Rolex watch, Jonaris Badlishah has a cruel plan.

On April 20, 1998, passersby discovered a woman’s body in the woods near Marina South bus stop. The victim was identified as Sally Poh, 42, a makeup artist. Her belongings were found at the bus stop, but police found several valuables missing, including a $7,500 diamond-encrusted Rolex watch that her husband bought three years ago.

Sally’s husband said, the day before the murder, he overheard his wife talking on the phone, making an appointment to meet a man early in the morning. He heard his wife call the person “Lai Joe”. Through this name, the police investigated the 23-year-old man with the nickname “Liar Joe”, which sounds almost like “Lai Joe”.

“Liar Joe”, real name Jonaris Badlishah, was arrested at his home three days after the murder. On the day of the murder, he gave his girlfriend Saifon Ngammoo, 31, a Rolex as a birthday present, which was later confirmed to be the watch Sally wore before her death. Jonaris was charged with murder.

A policeman holds a rolex watch - evidence of the case. Photo: straitstimes

A policeman holds a Rolex watch – evidence of the case. Image: Straitstimes

Jonaris is a freelance cameraman, often referred to by his colleagues as Joe. He lives with his mother and stepfather in a semi-detached house in the expensive land of Seletar Hills.

Jonaris met Sally during a filming project two days before the murder. Seeing her wearing a Rolex watch, he thought it would be “a great gift” for girlfriend Saifon.

“I knew I couldn’t afford such an expensive watch for her. The next thing I thought of was stealing Sally Poh’s watch,” Jonaris testified.

On April 19, Jonaris called Sally, claiming to be “Nigel” and asked her to come do her makeup for the photo shoot. He promised to pay S$1,000, which is double Sally’s usual fee. He asked her to be at the Marina South bus station by 6:30 the next morning.

On the morning of April 20, Sally drove to the meeting place. Jonaris approached her, saying “Nigel” and the rest of the crew would be there shortly. Sally parked the car in the parking lot and waited at the bus stop with him.

Jonaris suddenly pulled out a hammer to commit the crime, dragging her into the bushes behind the bus stop, more than 10 meters away. When Sally tried to get up, he repeatedly hit her on the back of the head until she lost consciousness and cut her wrist before leaving with the watch.

Later that day, Jonaris bought a bunch of red roses, cake and whiskey to take to a brothel in Geylang where his girlfriend Saifon worked as a prostitute. He celebrates Saifon’s birthday with some other girls there.

When he received the Rolex watch, Saifon saw that it was not new, so he asked again. This angered her boyfriend, causing her to quickly explain just joking.

The bus stop where sally poh was attacked by jonaris. Photo: shin min file

The bus stop where Sally Poh was attacked by Jonaris. Image: Shin Min File

The pseudonym “Nigel” exposes Jonaris by its similar pronunciation to “Lai Joe”, while he is nicknamed “Liar Joe” because of his boastful nature.

Jonaris told friends that he is dating a female airline executive who earns S$10,000 a month and lives in a luxury apartment. But the truth is that his girlfriend makes money by having sex with about 20 men a day.

He said the old silver Dupont lighter his girlfriend gave him cost S$2,000, but it was less than S$700. He is also often in debt, has to borrow money from friends but never pays.

During his trial, Jonaris kept his appearance clean, wearing a tailored black jacket, gold cufflinks and glossy black shoes.

In court, Jonaris used the excuse of being mentally ill at the time of Sally’s murder to defend his crime.. He testified that he was addicted to marijuana, suffered from depression, and was obsessed with Rolex watches.

Jonaris first met Saifon in October 1997 during a sex purchase. He loves Saifon because they both have troubled pasts. Saifon once lent him 7,000 SGD without asking for a return, even giving him money to pay pimps so that the two could be together.

Saifon once told Jonaris about a Rolex watch that was given to him by her ex-husband but had to be pawned in 1995 to help a friend.

Since then, thoughts and images of the Rolex watch have popped into his head, in his dreams, Jonaris said. A few weeks before the murder, Jonaris tracked down another woman, trying to steal her Rolex, but didn’t have the courage.

Before killing Sally, Jonaris said he “heard a voice” urging him to commit a crime. When he left the scene with the watch, he felt “happy and relieved”. Waking up the next day, he thought he was having a nightmare until he saw the watch in the drawer.

Psychiatrist Chan Khim Yew denied Jonaris’ testimony of hearing voices and hallucinating during the crime. According to Dr. Chan, Jonaris was able to clearly describe how he hammered his victim’s head several times before pulling him into a hidden spot in the bushes.

Six months before the murder, Jonaris regularly visited his girlfriend, bringing dinner to share and spending the night in her room. He also describes himself as “working like a dog” on a previous filming project. Dr. Chan said that if he suffers from depression, he will not be able to work, enjoy sex and be intimate with others.

Although Jonaris always thinks about the Rolex watch, according to the doctor, he does not have a mental disorder. Doctors say that a person with an obsessive disorder will not think about wanting to own something, but will instead harbor “frightening and crazy thoughts”.

Prosecutors pointed out that Jonaris had financial problems after meeting Saifon. He earns around S$2,000/month but will spend S$4,000 in a month because he visits his girlfriend four times a week.

Lives in the house of his mother and stepfather, but he brags about his wealth, in a bungalow with a swimming pool. Jonaris desperately needed money to continue to “polish” himself, so he committed the robbery.

Prosecutors believe that the defendant planned the crime carefully, gave himself a false name when calling the victim and intended to kill after robbing. Jonaris once said that he was afraid of the victim driving to the police. That’s why he kills with a knife.

After the crime, Jonaris arrived at work at 14:30; calmly fill out the form and sign for 600 SGD. Colleagues commented that he acted “as usual”.

The judge concluded that the defendant was not insane, but planned to kill and then pretended to be insane. Jonaris’ quick thinking and action when committing the crime shows that he can control himself.

On December 8, 1998, after a 19-day trial, Jonaris was found guilty of murder, robbery and sentenced to hang.

Tue Anh (Follow Straitstimes)

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