Kiwi woman jailed after biting police officer in Singapore

Katie Christina Rakich, 27, pleaded guilty to causing hurt to a public servant.
Katie Christina Rakich, 27, pleaded guilty to causing hurt to a public servant. Photo credit: Getty

A Kiwi woman has been jailed in Singapore after getting into a drunken fight with her sister and biting a policewoman.

Katie Christina Rakich, 27, pleaded guilty to causing hurt to a public servant, Singapore newspaper Today reported earlier this week

The incident happened on June 15, reportedly the same day Rakich landed in Singapore. She was "already slightly drunk" when she arrived at her sister's place, Today reports, before they went out for dinner and drinks with family.

Around 2am back at her sister's place, Rakich reportedly began creating a "ruckus" after getting upset by something her sister said. Police were called, and after asking to see her passport Rakich reportedly threw a glass of water at her sister, whose boyfriend deflected it.

Police arrested Rakich, but as they were getting her out of the car at the police station she turned and bit an officer on the forearm. 

"The bite was very forceful and caused the victim great pain," prosecutor Benedict Teong told the court, Today reports.

"The accused did not let go for over 10 seconds while the victim was screaming at her in pain."

After letting go, Rakich is said to have "smirked" at the victim and punched another officer in the ear.

The bitten officer was given a tetanus injection.

Rakich's lawyer reportedly told the court she has bipolar disorder, and "often shouts at friends and family, is irritable… and gets into behaviour which she subsequently regrets".

The maximum penalty she faced was seven years in jail, but the judge took note of her condition and jailed her for 26 weeks. Her lawyer told Stuff with the sentence backdated to June - when she was taken into custody - and a one-third reduction she's eligible for, it's likely Rakich will be released this week.

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