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Businessman gets 6 years’ jail for paying hitmen to attack lover of beauty queen mistress, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – Unhappy that his mistress of almost two years had taken another lover, a married businessman ordered his rival to be attacked, leaving the victim with a scar that is likely to be permanent. For ordering the attack, Lim Hong Liang, 55, was sentenced on Tuesday (May 21) to six years’ jail. Following a 10-day trial, District Judge Chay Yuen Fatt convicted him on April 2 of taking part in a seven-person conspiracy to cause grievous hurt to banquet waiter Joshua Koh Kian Yong, 35. The judge also found…

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Jail for man linked to $37.4m fraud case, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – A Singapore-based company director has admitted in court his connection to a 2008 case in which Citibank in New York was duped into transferring US$27.2 million (more than S$37 million) from the corporate account of the National Bank of Ethiopia (NBE) to various beneficiaries worldwide. On Thursday (May 16), a Singapore district court heard that between Oct 2 and 16 that year, Citibank received 24 payment instructions purportedly sent by NBE and it later transferred the money to various other accounts in countries such as Australia, Japan and…

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Jail and cane for man who robbed prostitutes, Singapore News

A man was sentenced to three years’ jail and given 18 strokes of the cane on Tuesday for attacking two prostitutes after engaging in sex acts with them. Shen Liangjun, 44, pleaded guilty to one charge of robbery and one charge of attempted robbery. On June 23 last year, he met his first victim, 31, at Hotel Jen Tanglin in Orchard. After having sex, he refused to pay the victim and demanded money from her instead. When she said she did not have money, he hit her. He then grabbed…

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Jail for maid who had affair with employer’s husband and lied that he raped her, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – A maid who had an affair with her employer’s husband and had consensual sex with him on two occasions later lied to the police, claiming that the man had raped her. The court heard that Sumaini, who goes by only one name, made the false allegation hoping that it would help her return to Indonesia – something that her employer did not let her do. The 29-year-old Indonesian was sentenced to 14 days’ jail on Wednesday (May 15) after admitting that she had given false information to a…

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Jail, caning for music teacher who molested student during cello lessons, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – A music teacher who molested an 18-year-old student while teaching her how to play the cello was sentenced to 21 months in jail and one stroke of the cane on Wednesday (May 8). The 33-year-old Filipino, who cannot be named due to a gag order to protect the victim’s identity, had been found guilty of four counts of molestation last month by District Judge Chay Yuen Fatt. It followed a five-day trial, during which the court heard that the girl was left so traumatised by the incidents that…

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Older owner of Ah Seng Durian gets 3 weeks’ jail, fine for tax-related offences, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – Shui Poh Sing, 60, who owns a business popularly known as Ah Seng Durian with his brother, was on Tuesday (May 7) sentenced to three weeks’ jail and fined $5,000 for evading taxes. He was also ordered to pay a penalty of $77,077.91. Shui and his brother Poh Chung, 57, had earlier pleaded guilty to not paying taxes, including failing to register for Goods and Services Tax (GST) when their revenue exceeded $1 million. The younger brother was fined $10,000 and ordered to pay a penalty of $46,303.14…

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Engineer who drove against traffic given mandatory treatment order after appealing against jail term, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – An engineer who drove against the flow of traffic on the Ayer Rajah Expressway (AYE) for about 2km was given a two-year mandatory treatment order (MTO) on Friday (April 26) after the High Court allowed his appeal against his original sentence of four weeks’ jail. Brandon Ng Hai Chong, 31, is also banned from driving for five years. In allowing Ng’s appeal, Justice Aedit Abdullah said the district judge who imposed the jail term last year erred in finding that rehabilitation was not the dominant sentencing principle in…

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Metro family scion Ong Jenn, in jail on drug offence, gets 26 months for similar crime, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – Metro family scion Ong Jenn has been slapped with another jail sentence for drug-related offences, after pleading guilty to cannabis possession and consumption. The 43-year-old, who is the grandson of Metro founder Ong Tjoe Kim and the son of its former group managing director Jopie Ong, was sentenced to two years and two months’ jail on Wednesday (April 24). Ong pleaded guilty to a cannabis consumption charge and two counts of being in possession of the drug. In his first conviction, Ong pleaded guilty on May 12, 2017,…

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Jail for man, 65, who sucked teen’s thumb, Singapore News

The elderly man told a girl that he could see ghosts and later asked her about the colour of her private parts. He also asked her to be his goddaughter and placed her thumb in his mouth to suck. Yesterday, Gan Hee Chit, 65, was jailed seven weeks for insulting her modesty and using criminal force with the intent to outrage her modesty. On April 12, last year, at about 4pm, the 17-year-old student was on bus service 45 heading home after school. Gan boarded the bus and sat beside…

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Former tutor gets 3 years’ jail over role in O-level cheating ruse, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – A tutor took part in an elaborate plot in which answers to O-level English, Mathematics and Science (Physics/Chemistry) exam papers were remotely fed to candidates via carefully concealed communication devices. In 2016, six Chinese nationals smuggled mobile phones and Bluetooth devices into exam halls in Singapore and the answers were whispered to them over skin-coloured earphones which they wore. Singaporean Tan Jia Yan, who is no longer a tutor, would also sit the exam as a private candidate and beam a live feed of the paper to her…

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