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3 years’ jail for maid who mixed detergent into infant’s milk powder, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – A maid purposely mixed detergent into an infant’s milk powder as she wanted to get another domestic helper in trouble. The 29-year-old Indonesian committed the offence as she was jealous of the other maid who was working for her boss’ sister-in-law. The offender felt that the 25-year-old Myanmar national needed only to take care of the baby, while she had to do all household chores. The older woman was sentenced on Friday (Sept 20) to three years’ jail after pleading guilty to attempting to cause the three-month-old girl…

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Teen who raped and robbed 53-year-old sex worker gets 7 years’ jail, caning, Singapore News

A teenager, who was 17 when he schemed with two friends to steal from prostitutes and then raped their final victim while he was alone with her, was sentenced to seven years’ jail and 15 strokes of the cane yesterday. Mendel See Li Quan, who is now 19, pleaded guilty to one charge each of raping and robbing the 53-year-old victim on Oct 2, 2017, and a third charge of stealing $670 from another victim in September 2017. Eight other charges were taken into consideration. In passing sentence, Justice Valerie…

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Jail, caning for homeless man who sexually assaulted drunk woman, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – A homeless man, who spotted a drunk couple sleeping in public beside each other, carried the woman to another spot and sexually assaulted her. Thiruchelvam Maniam ran away when the 30-year-old woman woke up, and she alerted the police. The 40-year-old Singaporean offender was sentenced on Monday (Sept 2) to 6½ years’ jail and three strokes of the cane after pleading guilty to penetrating his victim without her consent. A molestation charge involving the same woman was considered during sentencing. He committed these offences at a bus stop in…

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Man who abused Myanmar maid gets longer jail term on prosecution’s appeal; his wife convicted of not paying worker’s salary, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – A former regional manager who assaulted his Myanmar maid – the second domestic worker he was convicted of abusing – had his jail term for the second set of charges raised from 24 months to 30 months on Monday (Aug 26) by the High Court. The increase came after the prosecution appealed against the sentence imposed by a district judge in March on Tay Wee Kiat, 41, on two charges relating to Ms Moe Moe Than. The charges are for kicking Ms Moe Moe Than while she was…

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City Harvest founder Kong Hee makes his first appearance in church since release from jail, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – City Harvest Church founder Kong Hee turned up on Saturday (Aug 24) evening at an auditorium at Suntec Singapore Convention and Exhibition Centre for his first service since his release from Changi Prison. Mr Kong, who turned 55 on Friday, was accompanied by his wife Ho Yeow Sun, 49. The couple are the founders of the church, which found itself caught up in a scandal when Mr Kong and five other City Harvest Church leaders were found guilty of criminal breach of trust. The six of them had…

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City Harvest Church founder Kong Hee released from jail, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – City Harvest Church founder Kong Hee was released from jail on Thursday (Aug 22) after serving time for his role in misusing millions of dollars in church funds. His release came one day before he turned 55. Mr Kong’s sentence was the longest among six church leaders, who were involved in misappropriating $50 million in church funds. His sentence had been reduced from eight years’ jail to 3½ years upon appeal. The rest of the leaders also had their terms shortened. The other five are: Former deputy senior pastor…

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Jail for mother-and-daughter pair who went on Orchard Road shoplifting spree, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – A mother-and-daughter pair went on a shoplifting spree and stole items such as undergarments and footwear worth more than $1,000 in total. Fong Leok Moy, 68, and Wong Phuay Yee, 41, who were both jobless at the time, each pleaded guilty on Wednesday (Aug 21) to three shoplifting charges and were sentenced to 10 days’ jail each. Each woman had seven other theft charges taken into consideration during sentencing. According to court documents, the pair went to a FitFlop outlet in Wisma Atria shopping centre on Oct 15,…

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Jail, fine for man who recorded video of two others sexually assaulting unconscious woman, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – A nightspot cashier was resting in a chalet at the D’Resort @ Downtown East when he saw a colleague and another workmate’s friend sexually assaulting an unconscious woman. Instead of telling the men to stop, Gan Soon Chai took out his mobile phone and recorded a video of the incident. The Malaysian put away his phone about three minutes later when one of the men noticed him filming them and told him to stop. Gan, 34, was sentenced on Tuesday (Aug 13) to 15 months’ jail and a…

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US driver who hurt Singaporean in hit-and-run escapes jail, Singapore News

The Singaporean student lay unconscious on the road as emergency responders scrambled to treat her in the rain. Instead of trying to help, the driver who knocked her down drove away. Hannah Christensen, 20, was given a conditional discharge last month for injuring Miss Renuka Ramanadhan, also 20, in a hit-and-run accident on the University at Buffalo’s North Campus in New York on the evening of Nov 1 last year. Christensen, who was also a student in the university, stopped her car but drove away after seeing emergency responders at…

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Clementi crash that killed NUS undergrad: Cabby gets 8 weeks’ jail, 5-year driving ban , Singapore News

SINGAPORE – A taxi driver whose negligence in making a discretionary right turn at a signalised junction in Clementi Road resulted in the death of a National University of Singapore student was sentenced to eight weeks’ jail and banned from driving for five years on Friday (Aug 2). Yap Kok Hua, 55, had pleaded guilty in July to negligent driving and causing the death of Ms Kathy Ong Kai Ting, 19, as well as negligent driving and causing grievous hurt to the three other passengers in the taxi. They were Mr Zon Lim…

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