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Jan 20, 2010
 
Drink-driving doctor's sentence reduced
05:55 AM Jan 21, 2010

A doctor who appealed against her jail term for drink driving had her sentence reduced to a fine yesterday.

Instead of serving two weeks, Dr Irene Lim Kay Hian - a 59-year-old senior consultant radiologist at the KK Women's and Children's Hospital - will now just have to pay a fine of $5,000.

In October, she was found guilty of driving under the influence of alcohol between 9pm on April 26 and 1.30am the following morning.

After her car stalled along the Pan Island Expressway near the Clementi Avenue 6 exit, a patrol officer checked on the car and noticed that she reeked of alcohol. A breathalyser test later showed that she had 129 mcg of alcohol per 100 ml of breath, nearly four times the legal limit of 35 mcg.

Yesterday, Dr Lim's lawyer, Senior Counsel Sant Singh, argued that her decision to drive was not deliberate but she was upset because she had received word that a relative was ill.

After announcing his decision, Justice Chao Hick Tin said he will release his written decisions soon. Zul Othman
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Jan 20, 2010
 
April 17, 2009
Editor gets a day's jail,$2k fine
By Selina Lum

IT WAS a day of twists and turns for a newspaper editor in the High Court on Friday.
Lim Hong Eng, the 56-year-old executive editor of Shin Min Daily News, was there to hear the outcome of the appeal against her sentence for knocking down and injuring a motorcyclist and killing the woman riding pillion with him.

The appeal against her conviction was rejected, but the 11/2-year jail term dealt by a lower court was cut to a day's jail and a $12,000 fine on two charges.

Later in the morning, defence lawyers and the prosecutor ran some checks and realised that there had been a sentencing error for one of the charges.

The mistake was for the charge of causing death by dangerous driving, for which she was jailed a day and fined $10,000. The Road Traffic Act does not make a provision for a fine for this offence, only jail-time.

So it was back to court after the lunch hour. When Lim re-entered the courtroom, the smile that lit up her face upon the morning's verdict was replaced by an anxious expression.

Her counsel Subhas Anandantold Justice Choo Han Teck that he may have misled the judge with his arguments for a 'high fine' to be imposed on Lim.

Justice Choo set aside the fine, saying:'In the circumstances, it will not be right to increase the custodial sentence to the detriment of the accused.'

Relief washed over Lim to know that the fine's being set aside was not going to mean a longer jail term for her. The judge made it clear, however, that this was a one-off case and was not to be used as a sentencing precedent.

Mr Anandan later told reporters that Lim will donate to charity the $10,000 she was to pay in the fine.
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Jan 20, 2010
 
April 23, 2009
Drunk engineer fined
By Elena Chong, Courts Correspondent

AN OIL company engineer on a business trip here last November had an extended stay - all because he stole a lorry and committed driving-related offences.

Neil Arthur, 37, was fined a total of $9,500 and banned from driving in Singapore for two years after he admitted to the two charges.

His blood/alcohol level was more than 11/2 times the legal limit.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Andre Moses Tan said Arthur, who had earlier been drinking with friends at Orchard Towers, was walking along Tanglin Road at about 2.30am on Nov 19 when he saw Mr Lim Swee Ann's lorry.

On seeing the key in the ignition, he got in and started the engine.

Mr Lim, 43, who was installing new lamp posts along the road, tried to stop him. Arthur stepped on the accelerator and drove off, crashing into a signboard and lamp post a short distance away.

While reversing, he hit another lamp post and some Christmas decorations causing the vehicle to flip.

He had compensated a total of $57,039 to the State and the victim. Pleading for fines only, his lawyer Shashi Nathan said his client's conduct that day was totally out of character.

Arthur, who is married with two young children back home in Aberdeen, Scotland, vaguely remembered being assaulted and pursued by a number of persons with fists and feet as well as sticks. He ran away and briefly lost consciousness, said the lawyer.

Two other charges of driving without a Class 4 licence and insurance coverage were taken into consideration, while another causing hurt charge was withdrawn and he was acquitted.
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Jan 21, 2010
 
Japanese national lodges successful appeal against six-week jail sentence
By Leong Wee Keat, TODAY |
Posted: 26 November 2009 2142 hrs

SINGAPORE: A Japanese national escaped imprisonment yesterday after he lodged a successful appeal against his six-week jail sentence for assaulting a taxi driver.

Mr Taniguchi Mitsuru left the cab without paying the fare on September 2 last year, after the driver failed to find the passenger's destination despite driving round the Punggol Estate repeatedly.

Cabbie Lim Hing Soon then pursued Mr Mitsuru to collect his taxi fare but the intoxicated passenger pushed the driver.

Mr Lim, 65, then returned to his taxi to retrieve an umbrella, but fell to the ground during the tussle. The scuffle for control of the umbrella continued and the cabbie suffered a cut on his forehead.

Lawyer Tan Lee Cheng argued that Mr Mitsuru's actions were in "self-defence", and the case was not one where the passenger laid "direct blows" or "went for the jugular". "The minute he (Mr Mitsuru) saw the taxi driver bleed, he stopped," added Ms Tan.

But deputy public prosecutor Hay Hung Chun argued that a custodial sentence was still appropriate - the passenger could have paid part of the fare and then lodge a complaint with the taxi company instead.

Justice Lee Seiu Kin noted that Mr Mitsuru, 47, feared the cabbie would use the umbrella to hit him. The High Court Judge substituted the Japanese's jail sentence with a $2,000 fine.

But Justice Lee drew a distinction between this assault and another against a public bus driver.

In that case, Balbir Singh, 45, kicked a bus driver on his leg after being reminded the second time to pay his fare. In appealing against the one-month jail sentence, lawyer S K Kumar argued yesterday that Mr Singh's assault on the bus was committed in "a spur of the moment" and that he was "in a hurry".

But Justice Lee rebutted the lawyer's argument, "Half of the people taking bus are in a hurry too."

The High Court Judge noted that the bus driver was merely doing his job when he asked Mr Singh to pay his fare.

"What business does your client have in going around kicking them? He was unreasonable and obnoxious," said Justice Lee, who also noted that the safety of other bus passengers or road users might be at stake.

The High Court Judge said a deterrent message needed to be sent out that attacks against bus drivers would not be tolerated. "If you try this kind of stunt and endanger other people on the bus, we will put you in," added Justice Lee.- TODAY/vm
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Jan 23, 2010
 
Yes only outstanding people get special treatment.

The majority of Singaporeans will get the normal punishment! Two classes of people.
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Feb 20, 2010
 
Jan 19, 2009
Rapped for insensitivity
By Li Xueying, Political Correspondent

THE minister in charge of the civil service, Mr Teo Chee Hean, has criticised an article written by a senior civil servant as 'ill-judged' and showing a 'lack of sensitivity'.
Mr Tan Yong Soon, permanent secretary in the Ministry of Environment and Water Resources, wrote an article in The Straits Times' Life! section on Jan 6.

Headlined Cooking up the holiday spirit, his article described a five-week holiday he and his family spent in Paris, learning how to cook at the Le Cordon Bleu cookery school in Paris.

The cooking courses cost around $42,000.

The article attracted a storm of criticisms from Singaporeans who felt that it showed a lack of empathy for the working man.

Tackling the issue in Parliament, Mr Teo said that what Mr Tan does during his vacation leave is 'his private decision'.

'However, I was disappointed with what he wrote in The Straits Times,' said Mr Teo in Parliament on Monday.'The article showed a lack of sensitivity and was ill-judged.'

The minister was replying to a question by Nominated MP Siew Kum Hong, who asked whether the public service has guidelines to ensure that civil servants conduct themselves 'appropriately and sensitively'.

Mr Siew noted that Mr Tan has the prerogative to spend his money as he sees fit.'But in these times writing about it in the national newspaper was unnecessarily provocative and unimaginably insensitive,' he said.

Mr Teo agreed.

He said that the article 'struck a discordant note during the current difficult economic circumstances when it is especially important to show solidarity and empathy for Singaporeans who are facing uncertainties and hardship'.

He added that Mr Peter Ho, the head of the civil service, had spoken to Mr Tan 'to make these points and asked Mr Tan to take note of the feedback and learn from this episode'.

Mr Ho has also followed up to write to Mr Tan to 'put the matter on the record', added Mr Teo.

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Mar 9, 2010
 
Mar 9, 2010
Man spared jail for road rage
By Elena Chong, Courts Correspondent

A MAN was spared a jail term for a road rage offence on Tuesday when he was fined $4,500 instead for hitting another on the shoulder and stomach.

Bjorn Henrik Jacobsen, 31, was found guilty after a trial of causing hurt to Mr Sim Seng Jin, 54, by hitting him on his left shoulder and stomach along Upper Serangoon Road on Dec 9, 2008.

He was fined another $1,500 after he was convicted of using threatening and abusive words on the chartered accountant that day.

Jacobsen, an estate agent, was originally accused of punching Mr Sim's face and body, but the court found that the prosecution had failed to prove this, and convicted him of the amended charge instead.

It all started when Mr Sim cut into the lane of Jacobsen, leading to an exchange.

Jacobsen had sounded his horn at the victim, who responded with hand gestures. He then pursued Mr Sim for an extended distance before confronting the victim at two separate road junctions.

District Judge Wong Choon Ning said that such offences usually attract a jail sentence but the eventual sentence to be meted out must depend on the unique facts and circumstances of each case.

Noting the victim's minor injuries and Jacobsen's lack of similar antecedents, she said she was sparing him a jail term.

'I do not want anyone in or outside this courtroom to think that for road rage cases, maybe I can get a fine if I commit such a crime. No.

'This is one of the very rare cases where I have spared anyone convicted of road rage a jail term,'' she said.

Jacobsen could have been jailed for up to two years or fined up to $5,000 or both for causing hurt. The penalty for the other offence is a fine of up to $2,000.

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Mar 9, 2010
 
June 18, 2009
Cambodian youth gets 3 mths
By Khushwant Singh

CAMBODIAN CHHUON Ratana was sent here by his father to study management in 2006 but he ended up outraging the modesty of two women last May.

The 20-year-old was jailed for three months on Thursday.

District Judge Jill Tan said that granting a conditional discharge to the 20-year-old would not be appropriate as Chhuon had been belligerent and had committed the second and more serious offence in spite of being confronted by his first victim.

Noting that each woman had received $8,000 in compensation, Judge Tan said a short spell in jail would teach Chhuon not to break the law again.

His lawyer Chia Boon Teck had told the court that whatever punishment Chhuon received here, his elders in Cambodia would mete out punishment according to traditional Cambodian practices, which in this case, would include Ratana having to become a monk for six months to a year.

As such, it would be inexpedient to jail Chhuon, he said.

But Judge Tan felt that a Singapore court should punish Chhuon for his loutish behaviour.

He had pleaded guilty last month to squeezing the breasts of two women at the Arena club in Clarke Quay at 3.30am on May 11 last year.

On his way to the toilet, he approached his first victim and asked for her name while holding her shoulders. When she struggled, he grabbed her breasts. The victim sought help from her friends at the club who confronted Ratana.

He initially denied it before saying:'I did it. So what?'. He then slipped his hand under the brassiere of a second woman and squeezed her breast.

The club bouncers soon appeared but Ratana was not cowed, telling them:'So what? I am a foreigner.'

Mr Chia said Chhuon's father was counting heavily on Ratana to take over the family's business and the father had lost much face following his panic-stricken appeal to the Cambodian authorities for help.

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Apr 15, 2010
 
Dropping jail term 'a one-off': Judge
05:55 AM Apr 14, 2010SINGAPORE - A woman who drove a car without a licence because she wanted to get her son a toy successfully appealed yesterday against being sent to jail for the offence.

Housewife Catherine Peter, 41, had in January been sentenced to six weeks' jail, fined $500 and disqualified from driving for four years on charges of driving without qualification and for other traffic offences. Her driving licence had been suspended for two years because of a drink-driving incident in April last year.

In the August incident, Peter, the wife of a commercial airline pilot, had driven to a nearby mall when her six-year-old son, complaining of an earache, demanded that she get him a toy scooter. She decided not to wait for her husband and, after several fruitless attempts to get a taxi, drove to the mall, the court was told.

Appealing to keep her out of jail, lawyer Naresh Mahtani said Peter had to take care of her children, aged six and nine, while her husband was away on flight assignments.

Justice V K Rajah decided to set aside the jail sentence, saying that Peter was not likely to repeat the offence. He added that "this decision does not signify the present judicial status ... but it is a one-off case that commands a departure from the norm".

Peter had paid the fine imposed earlier for drink driving, served five days in jail and been disqualified from driving.

She now has to pay a fine of $2,500. Her four years' disqualification from driving stands. Ng Jing Yng

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Apr 16, 2010
 

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Catherine Peter is unfit to be a mother and children should be put in foster homes. Go back home to your country. Keep spore clean and crime free. Why was the judge so bias towards her???????
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Apr 16, 2010
 
So special meh, got this kind of ruling, buy toy, son sick then cry, then mother buy toy for him. Dont know how to discipline your son and spank him.put yourself to risk, what kind of mother never make the son put seat belt. earache but can play toy. angmoh way of calming children down, nuy toy then earache no more. this kind can marry pilot, I think I can marry proffesor. go home and learn from australia how to take care children asian way ok
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Apr 25, 2010
 
Balls caught using mobile as he drove

CHILDREN'S Secretary Ed Balls has been issued with a 60 fine for driving while using a mobile phone, it was disclosed tonight.

Mr Balls, who is married to fellow Cabinet minister Yvette Cooper, said that the incident happened last Sunday when they were driving from Yorkshire to London with their children.

"Although our car has hands-free, I took my phone off the cradle because I did not want to wake the kids," he said.

"We got waved down by a police car almost immediately and I accepted the fine and three points there and then.

"I 100 per cent support the law on mobile phones - it's there to protect the safety of all drivers, passengers and pedestrians."

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May 7, 2010
 
Nov 17, 2009
Broker jailed for road rage
By Elena Chong

A BROKER who assaulted a motorist with a metal night stick baton was jailed for three weeks on Tuesday.

Wee Kim Bin, 59, admitted beating Mr Chow Chuin Yee's left elbow and shoulder with the baton at the slip road of Ang Mo Kio Avenue 1 on Nov 18 last year.

A court heard that the victim, together with his fiancee, was driving along the slip road from Ang Mo Kio Avenue 1 towards the Central Expressway when he was caught in a traffic jam.

The 37-year-old then heard a loud bang from the back of his car. When he got out and before he could do anything, Wee assaulted him with a baton.

The victim blocked the blow with his left arm but was hit on his left elbow. When he turned around and tried to run away, he was hit on his left upper arm. Mr Chow's fiancee called the police, who came and found the baton on the road kerb near Wee's car.

Wee could have been jailed for up to two years and/or fined up to $5,000 for causing hurt.

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May 7, 2010
 
Oct 7, 2008
Ex-grassroots leader charged

A FORMER grassroots leader was on Tuesday charged with misappropriating about $78,000 from the Aljunied-Kembangan branch of the People's Action Party.

Peter Lee Yoke Leong, 43, is accused of withdrawing $50,000 from the branch's bank account on Feb 2 last year. Four months later, the prosecution alleges he withdrew another $28,461.

Lee, who was not represented by a lawyer, did not say anything in court on Tuesday. His next court date has been fixed for Oct 21.

He was released on $12,000 bail.

If convicted, Lee could be jailed for up to three years and fined.

The Straits Times was told that the PAP Aljunied-Kembangan branch was closed down last year as part of a reorganisation of PAP units.

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May 7, 2010
 
July 22, 2009
Volunteer molested teen, fined
By Elena Chong

A GRASSROOTS leader who molested a 14-year-old girl in a hotel room two years ago was fined $2,000 on Wednesday.

David Chee Dah Wei, 29, an insurance agent, pleaded guilty to hugging the girl at a hotel in Upper Serangoon Road at about 3am on June 4, 2007.

A district court heard that the victim, who is now 16, befriended Chee in 2006. He was then vice-chairman of the Paya Lebar Kovan youth executive committee.

On June 4, 2007 at around 1am, the victim was out with Chee at a bowling centre.

Her father had been trying to get her to go home but she refused.

She followed Chee around. He subsequently took her to Hotel 81 Kovan at about 3am.

While surfing the Internet at the corner of the bed, he hugged her from behind. She pushed him away because she was scared and uncomfortable with his actions.

Earlier that day, she had seen a packet of condoms inside his backpack, said Deputy Public Prosecutor Lynda Lee.

She subsequently left the hotel with two of her friends who came to the hotel to look for her.

Pleading for a fine, Mr Chung Ping Shen said the act was minor, and the incident occurred wiithout any premeditation on his part.

He urged District Judge Roy Neighbour to consider his client's excellent record in serving the community and his involvement in various grassroots activities.

Chee could have been jailed for up to two years or fined or caned or received any two of such punishments.

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May 7, 2010
 
I REFER to the letter "Choosing grassroot advisers:Forget politics" (ST, Feb 14) and the article "Aye to apolitical GROs" (ST, Feb 10).

In Singapore, joining a grassroots organisation (GRO) seems to be a sure way for one to be involved in politics, despite the belief that GROS are supposed to be independent on politics.

I volunteered in a GRO with the intention of serving the community, especially the lower strata of society, and getting engaged in activities which I have an interest in.

After serving in the GRO for a few years up till now, I have been approached a number of times by other grassroots members requesting me to be a member of the political party.

I do not see the need to be involved politically because my main purpose is to achieve the aims I mentioned above.

Getting involved in the political party does not seem to advance these aims in any way.

Moreover, getting affliated to the political party was not something I anticipated when I first joined the GRO.

Even if I want to be part of a political party eventually, I am still not ready to do so.

I hope the ambiguous line between GROs and political parties can be better defined.

Volunteers in GROs should not be put in a difficult position to decide whether to join a political party just because they want to serve the community.
With a politically-charged system where prospective grassroots leaders are "screened" on their backgrounds, those who are viewed as "undesirable" (for example, ex-offenders) but are sincere about contributing their share for the community are deprived of the opportunities to prove their worth.

Instead, there may be people who join the GROs to work for their own vested interests through politics without any real intention of contributing to society.
I hope the grassroots organisations can be autonomous and apolitical gradually so that volunteers can concentrate on serving the community.
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May 7, 2010
 
Nov 12, 2008
Ex-grassroots leader jailed
As branch treasurer, he embezzled $78,000 from PAP account
By Elena Chong

A FORMER People's Action Party (PAP) grassroots leader was jailed eight months yesterday for stealing more than $78,000 from a party bank account.

Peter Lee Yoke Leong lifted his head in shock when he heard the sentence, which capped a spectacular fall from grace for a man who once counted MPs and other leaders as close friends.

District Judge Liew Thiam Leng said the 43-year-old violated the trust he had been handed as treasurer of the PAP's Aljunied-Kembangan branch.

It was there, last year, that he embezzled $78,461 over the course of five months, Deputy Public Prosecutor April Phang told the court.

In one incident in February, he wrote a $50,000 cheque on the branch's bank account and cashed it.

He then used the money for his personal expenses.

An official from PAP headquarters filed a police report in August, more than a year after officials noticed a $70,000 discrepancy in the books of the Aljunied-Kembangan branch.

The court heard that Lee, a father of two, lost his $18,000-a-month job with a money broking firm, Nittan Capital, in March last year.

He had been a volunteer at the PAP branch for more than six years, helping out in community functions and projects.

Before his sentence was handed down yesterday, his lawyer submitted several letters of support from Members of Parliament and grassroots leaders.

In the testimonials, many asked the court for leniency.

Dr Ong Seh Hong, MP for Marine Parade GRC, described Lee as a 'very active and dedicated volunteer' who had contributed a lot of his time and effort in voluntary and community work.

'He has paid for his mistake partly by losing his job and his standing in the community,' he said.

Mr Neo Tiam Boon, chairman of the Kampong Kembangan Community Club management committee, said Lee was a 'model grassroots leader, one who is sincere and selfless'.

Lee's lawyer, Mr Noor Mohamed Marican, argued for a fine instead of jail time.

He said Lee has been shunned by former colleagues and friends, has become depressed and had several emotional breakdowns.

Mr Marican said Lee resigned from all his posts to avoid causing further embarrassment to the grassroots leaders and members.

But DPP Phang said Lee drew out the police investigation into the case, confessing only when the evidence against him was overwhelming.

She argued that sentencing precedents showed a jail term was necessary. Other white-collar criminals have been locked up for embezzling much less than $78,000, she said.

Lee has since repaid the money.

Like-minded offenders, she added, should not be given the impression that they can avoid jail by coughing up their ill-gotten gains.

Lee, who is now a cabby, could have been jailed for up to three years and fined for criminal breach of trust.

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May 7, 2010
 
Nov 12, 2008
Jailed for fatal accident
By Elena Chong, Courts Correspondent
A FORMER storekeeper cum driver was jailed for one month and banned from driving for five years on Wednesday for causing the death of a motorist.
R. Sunther, 47, had earlier pleaded guilty to causing the death of Mr Lai Heng Koi, 49, along Loyang Avenue on March 11.
He had failed to keep a proper lookout and hit the back of Mr Lai's car which surged forward and hit the rear of another car.
A district court heard that Sunther was driving a lorry when he was involved in a minor side collision with a blue lorry on the extreme left lane.
He did not stop and continued driving while looking at the lorry through the left wing mirror.
When he turned his focus to the front, he realised that the car infront of him was less than 1 metre away and he could not stop in time.
After hitting Mr Lai's car, it surged forward to hit a stationary car which in turn hit a bus.
Mr Lai, who was trapped in his car, died at the scene.
District Judge Hamidah Ibrahim said there was a needless loss of life. She noted that the negligence here was at the higher end of the scale, resulting in two persons injured.
Sunther, who had a second charge considered, could have been jailed for up to two years and/or fined for causing death.
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May 21, 2010
 
Dec 3, 2008
Aussie journalist jailed
Former correspondent of Australian Broadcasting Corporation gets 10 months
By Sujin Thomas

MORE used to being on the other side of the coin, Australian journalist Peter Gerard Lloyd felt the spotlight turn on him yesterday when he was jailed for 10 months for drug offences.

Accompanied by his ex-wife Kirsty McIvor, who flew in recently to attend his court hearing, Lloyd, 42, was all smiles as he entered the court with about a dozen journalists trailing behind.

He pleaded guilty to possessing and consuming Ice and for having the utensils used to consume it.

Lloyd was initially charged with drug trafficking as well when he was first arrested in July. But last month, the Attorney-General's Chambers (AGC) withdrew the trafficking charge, sparing him from the possibility of caning and a maximum 20-year jail term if found guilty of that.

The AGC later said it withdrew the charge due to an unreliable witness. In August, sales executive Sani Saidi, 31, was jailed for 10 months for having 0.15g of Ice. He had told the court that he bought the drug from Lloyd in a room at York Hotel in July.

Pleading for leniency for his client yesterday, lawyer Hamidul Haq told the court that Lloyd suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder which resulted in nightmares and flashbacks. Mr Haq said the condition, which began early this year, was sparked by 'traumatic' incidents such as the Bali and Karachi bombings that Lloyd witnessed as a journalist. His client had also covered the 2004 tsunami which killed over 225,000 people in countries such as Sri Lanka, Indonesia and Thailand.

Lloyd, a former South Asia correspondent with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation for six years, has been a journalist since 1985.

Mr Haq said:'He had to fight off sleep because when he fell asleep, he had these nightmares. Consuming Ice became a self-medication for him.'

However, Deputy Public Prosecutor Natalie Morris said that Lloyd was clearly still able to tell right from wrong despite having consumed the drug as a 'coping mechanism'. She said his condition could not be used as a justification for his actions as he had planned to obtain and consume the drug.

Donning glasses and a smart grey suit, Lloyd looked flushed in the dock, busily taking notes of the proceedings, glancing up occasionally.

Lloyd arrived in Singapore from Indonesia on July 8 to receive medical treatment at Mount Elizabeth Hospital for an eye infection.

The next day, he contacted a drug supplier whom he had met a few months earlier here, to buy some Ice. The pair arranged to meet that day at Wheelock Place in Orchard Road where Lloyd paid $1,000 for the drugs.

Lloyd was arrested a week later along Upper Serangoon Road.

His ex-wife, who was granted permission to speak to Lloyd after the hearing, was in tears after he was sentenced. Ms McIvor, a former ABC journalist who has two young sons with Lloyd, angrily told reporters not to speak to her as she walked out of the courthouse.

Playing it cool, Lloyd packed his things into a sling bag and threw it over his shoulders before he was handcuffed and led away.

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Jun 17, 2010
 
Jun 17, 2010
Frenchman fined for mischief
By Elena Chong

A FRENCH national who damaged a fire alarm manual call point at Terminal 1 of Changi Airport was fined $5,000 on Thursday.

Oil rig supervisor Antoine Mathieu Rongeot, 38, was originally accused of a more serious charge of vandalism which carries a minimum of three strokes of the cane. He admitted to a reduced charge of mischief. Two other charges of using abusive words on cops were considered during his sentencing.

District Judge John Ng ordered him to compensate $1,860 to the victim by June 23. Rongeot's lawyer Wendell Wong said full restitution would be made and the funds were with his law firm.

A district court heard that Rongeot, who works in Balikpapan, Indonesia, was on transit at Terminal 1 to catch a connecting flight to Paris when he had too many drinks.

He was seen by two aviation security officers walking towards a door with a fire alarm manual call point on it and punching it when he could not open the door.

He could have been jailed for up to two years and/or fined.

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