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Maid who stole from Changi Airport Group chairman’s family sentenced to 26 months’ jail, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – A maid who stole more than $34,000 worth of items while working for Changi Airport Group chairman Liew Mun Leong and his family was sentenced to two years and two months’ jail on Monday (March 25). Indonesian Parti Liyani, 45, who committed the offences while she was working for the household from 2007 to 2016, was found guilty of four counts of theft by District Judge Olivia Low on March 20. Judge Low said Parti had stolen from Mr Liew, his two children Karl Liew and Liew Cheng…

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Jail, cane for Indian national in rioting case which involved more than 50 men, Singapore News

An Indian national was slapped with a stiff jail sentence for his role in a riot which saw more than 50 foreigners using makeshift weapons to cause serious injuries. The fight, which took place near the Silat Road Sikh Temple in Jalan Bukit Merah on April 2, 2017, also caused severe traffic disruption when it spilled onto Kampong Bahru Road. Yadwinder Singh, 26, was on Friday (March 22) sentenced to five years and five months’ jail and 12 strokes of the cane.He pleaded guilty on Thursday to one count each…

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Singapore 

Former Spring Singapore exec gets four years’ jail for duping agency of nearly $155,000, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – A former senior executive at Spring Singapore who duped the statutory board into disbursing nearly $155,000 and kept more than $77,000 was sentenced to four years’ jail on Monday (March 18). Leong Weng Cheou, 46, pleaded guilty in January to 18 counts of forgery and 12 cheating charges. Another 105 similar charges were taken into consideration during sentencing. He committed the offences in 2015 and 2016. Spring Singapore has since been merged with International Enterprise Singapore, and the new agency is now known as Enterprise Singapore. Before handing…

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Singapore 

Couple sentenced to jail for abusing maid, who was caned and forced to eat own vomit, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – A married couple repeatedly abused their maid, caning and kicking her and force-feeding her a mixture of rice and sugar before ordering her to eat her own vomit when she threw up. On one occasion, Myanmar national Moe Moe Than, 32, was forced to perform her chores clad in only her bra and short pants. She was also told that an assassin would be hired to kill her family members back home. On Monday (March 18), one of the tormentors, former senior sales manager Chia Yun Ling, 43,…

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Singapore 

Daughter of Hour Glass founders loses appeal, to start jail term for drug abuse next month, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – Audrey Tay May Li, 45, the daughter of the founders of luxury watch retailer Hour Glass, will start her jail sentence for drug abuse next month after her appeal was dismissed by the High Court on Friday (March 15). In October last year, Tay was sentenced to 22 months’ jail for repeatedly abusing drugs for two years. On one occasion, she had turned up intoxicated for a psychiatric assessment at the Institute of Mental Health. The former public relations consultant, who is divorced, was arrested in August 2015…

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Singapore 

Jail for ex-teacher who cheated girlfriend of more than $178,000, Singapore News

A former teacher told his girlfriend that he needed money as capital for “investments” and duped her into handing over cash totalling more than $178,000. Gary Won Han Kiat, 35, who taught from 2011 to 2013, was sentenced to two years and a month in jail yesterday. Won, who is jobless, pleaded guilty to 18 counts of cheating. He committed the offences between 2015 and 2017. Thirty-eight other charges for similar offences were taken into consideration during sentencing. The court heard that Won’s relationship with receptionist Leong Shi Min, 26,…

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Singapore 

Jail for Singapore woman who abused helper for doing chores slowly, Singapore News

A woman in Singapore who abused her Myanmar domestic helper by forcing her to pour hot water on herself, pulling her hair out and hitting her was jailed for three years on Monday. Singapore is home to almost 250,000 domestic helpers, mostly from other parts of Southeast Asia, who head to the tiny but wealthy city state to earn far higher salaries. Beauty parlour manager Linda Seah, 39, was convicted last month for the abuse inflicted on Phyu Phyu Mar in 2016. The mistreatment detailed in six charges included two…

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Jail, fine for man who choked wife and punched 8-year-old stepdaughter, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – Enraged after finding out that his wife had thrown away a cupboard, a man choked the woman and punched his eight-year-old stepdaughter when the child started crying. The 35-year-old man, who cannot be named due to a gag order to protect his victims’ identities, was sentenced on Monday (Jan 28) to 15 weeks’ jail and a fine of $2,000. He pleaded guilty to one count each of assault, harassment and ill-treating a child. The man was in a foul mood when he came home to his flat near…

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Ghosn’s Christmas odyssey in a Tokyo jail reminds us to be sceptical of the idolatry and hagiography of corporate giants

One of the most important events and turning points in Asian business over the previous 12 month was the sudden and dramatic downfall of a corporate giant and leadership superstar in the world’s third-biggest economy. This was the downfall of Carlos Ghosn in Japan. He was the architect and leading light of the two-decade old Renault-Nissan (and now Mitsubishi) alliance, forged by a US$5 billion investment. His was one of the most successful deals in the auto industry, with selling 10.6 million vehicles worldwide in 2017. Yet, Ghosn spent his…

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4 months’ jail for man who hit son, 9, with a hanger before kicking him, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – A man held his son upside down by his leg and used a shirt hanger to repeatedly hit him, just because the nine-year-old boy made some mistakes in his homework. When the boy was finally released, he maintained he really did not know the answers. This angered his 35-year-old father, who kicked him and started thrashing the boy again. The boy’s father was sentenced on Thursday (Dec 6) to four months’ jail after pleading guilty in June to one count of ill-treating the boy. The man cannot be…

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