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OUR REPORTED CASES

2021 - 2024

Public Prosecutor v Goh Hai Chew Edward – [2023] SGDC 197

Public Prosecutor v Loo Swee Chun Jonathan – [2023] SGMC 78

Public Prosecutor v Aung Myint – [2023] SGMC 93

Public Prosecutor v Chow Chee Kin – [2022] SGDC 4

Public Prosecutor v Chua Chang Rong – [2022] SGDC 116

Public Prosecutor v Miguel Reuben Vivekananda – [2021] SGMC 19

Public Prosecutor v Muhammad Nur Sheqal Bin Azis – [2021] SGDC 190

Public Prosecutor v Haji Mohamed Yusoof s/o A P M Adam – [2021] SGMC 65

Public Prosecutor v Lee Wei Yang, Sean – [2021] SGDC 137

Public Prosecutor v Kevin Lee Yu Xian – [2021] SGMC 64

VRJ v VRK – [2021] SGHCF 9

Public Prosecutor v Muhammad Haiman Bin Samad – [2021] SGDC 252

Our Notable Cases

We Helped The Victim With A Personal Protection Order (PPO) Against His Parents After This Incident

The Straits TImes, 31 July 2023 (Personal Protection Order)

Police have apprehended the parents of a lion dance performer after they disrupted his troupe’s performance.

They had apparently barged into their competition at West Coast Community Centre and started yelling at the son.

On top of that, the mother reportedly kicked a lion’s head that the troupe had placed on the ground.

Jail for male teacher who impersonated female ex-colleague, discussed sexual fantasies with students

The Straits Times, 7 September 2023 (Criminal Defence)

SINGAPORE – Secretly attracted to his former colleague, a married male teacher created a social media account in her name and impersonated her for two years.

He used the account to chat with current and former students of the school about sex, including what sexual activities the students wanted to do with the female teacher.

Three Charged for Alleged Corruption Involving About S$96,000 18 MAR 2022

The Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) (Criminal Defence)

Between 17 May 2018 and 19 November 2019, Jeffrey had allegedly given gratification totalling about S$96,000 in the form of air tickets, cash and electronic products to Edward and Wen Han over 19 occasions, in return for advancing SCI’s business interests with NCS CE and its parent company, NCS Pte Ltd (“NCS”).

 

Man admits conspiring to cheat Microsoft of S$192,900 worth of laptops in FBI-flagged case

Channel News Asia, 22 February 2022 (Criminal Defence)

SINGAPORE – A Singaporean teenager conspired with an American man to commit fraud against Microsoft by making false warranty claims in order to obtain 56 laptops worth US$143,144 (S$192,900).

The accused, now 20, claimed that the laptops were sold off and that he used the proceeds to buy Bitcoin but “lost everything” after the price of Bitcoin plummeted in 2018.

'I know your dirty little secret': NUS graduate steals sex toy from woman's hostel room

The Straits Times, 23 March 2021 (Criminal Defence)

SINGAPORE – A National University of Singapore (NUS) graduate, who returned to his alma mater in January 2019, trespassed into a female student’s hostel room and stole her sex toy as he felt aroused when he saw it.

Products specialist Chua Chang Rong, now 27, trespassed into the woman’s room again on July 18 that year and returned it.

Driver who knocked down PMD rider fined $2,500, disqualified from driving for 11 months

The Straits Times, 4 May 2021 (Criminal Defence)

SINGAPORE – A man was fined $2,500 on Tuesday (May 4) after pleading guilty to knocking down a personal mobility device (PMD) rider with his car.

Simon Chua Heng Huat, 52, was also disqualified from driving for 11 months.

The court heard that Chua was driving along Upper Paya Lebar Road on June 14, 2019. His wife was in the passenger seat beside him.

“Jail for secondary school teacher who repeatedly performed indecent acts on his underage female student”

The Straits Times, 23 January 2020 (Criminal Defence) 

SINGAPORE – A secondary school teacher who believed that one of his underage female students had a crush on him flirted with the 15-year-old girl before hugging and kissing her 10 days later.

The pair later started seeing each other, and he pressured the minor to be physically intimate with him.

Judge says probation sentence for NUS student convicted of outraging modesty is not a 'soft option'

The Straits Time, 20 November 2019 (Criminal Defence)

SINGAPORE – The judge who sentenced an NUS student to probation on a molestation charge has made clear that probation should not be seen as a “soft option”.

Man began molesting adopted daughter after her kindergarten graduation, gets jail

Channel News Asia, 18 November 2021 (Criminal Defence)

SINGAPORE – A man who adopted his daughter when she was an infant began molesting her when she was six years old, after her kindergarten graduation ceremony.

Teacher jailed for kissing 14-year-old student’s lips without her consent

The Today Online, 7 September 2019 (Criminal Defence)

SINGAPORE – The 14-year-old told another teacher about the incident only about a month later, saying the man had touched and kissed her without her consent and made her uncomfortable.

Molest: Painful consequences for both parties

The New Paper, 3 December 2018 (Criminal Defence)

SINGAPORE – Dr Lim Boon Leng, a psychiatrist at Dr BL Lim Centre For Psychological Wellness, said that in the few weeks after a victim is molested, she might experience anxiety attacks and nightmares.

Man jailed for stalking university mate and filming up her skirt

The Today Online, 27 November 2018 (Criminal Defence)

SINGAPORE – A year later, when the woman and her ex-schoolmate were in the same university, the ex-schoolmate remembered how he was told by her that they should stop being friends, but he still wanted to try to get close to her again.

IN THE NEWS

Court Volunteers Recognised By The Singapore Courts For Their Role In Enhancing Access To Justice

The Judiciary, 17 November 2023

The Singapore Courts (SG Courts) recognised the sterling contributions, time and dedication of court volunteers who support the work of the Courts, at the Judiciary Volunteers Appreciation Lunch on 17 November 2023. Mr Raphael Louis was presented a 10-year Long Service Award by Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon.

Woman who scammed 10 people of S$880,000

CNA, 31 October 2023 (Criminal Defense)

The married mother who managed to dupe three men into falling for her was called a serial cheat who “preyed on all and sundry”. The prosecution had called Kwek a “serial cheat who preyed on all and sundry”, from her godparents to strangers on the internet.

 

Convenience or obstruction? Debate on allowing PMAs in indoor spaces rages on

The Straits Times, 9 December 2023

SINGAPORE — Buying stolen items is a criminal offence, and even those who bought an item without knowing it had been stolen can be prosecuted, lawyers have warned.

 

 

Singapore jails Indonesian who filmed himself having sex with 76 women without their consent

South China Morning Post, 28 June 2023 (Criminal Defence) 

After meeting various women in Singapore using dating applications, Johan Wijaya filmed them having sex with him without their consent or knowledge.

Driver of S’pore car in hospital after crash; lorry driver nabbed for going against traffic on Second Link road

The Straits Times, 4 January 2023 (Criminal Defense)

SINGAPORE – The driver of a Singapore-registered car escaped serious injury after a crash on Tuesday with a lorry that was travelling against the flow of traffic on the Second Link Expressway in Malaysia.

Milk powder thefts by resellers: Those who buy stolen goods potentially committing offence, warn lawyers

Today, 31 January 2023 (Criminal Defence)

SINGAPORE — Buying stolen items is a criminal offence, and even those who bought an item without knowing it had been stolen can be prosecuted, lawyers have warned.

 

 

Jail, caning for restaurant deputy general manager who molested teenage waiter after work

Today, 14 Aug 2023 (Criminal Defence) 

SINGAPORE — One night after work, a deputy general manager of a restaurant asked a teenage part-timer to stay behind for a talk and went on to molest him after forcefully pulling down the boy’s pants. 

The Big Read: Dealing with infidelity, the ‘cancer’ of marriages

Today, 29 July 2023 (Family Law)

SINGAPORE — When Ms Rebecca Smith picked up a call on her husband’s phone one midnight, little did she realise that her world was about to come crashing down.

 

Jail and caning for man who sexually assaulted 7-year-old cousin after watching pornography

CNA, 12 September 2022 (Criminal Defence)

SINGAPORE: A 28-year-old man was sentenced to eight-and-a-half years’ jail and six strokes of the cane on Monday (Sep 9) for sexually abusing his cousin when she was seven or eight years old.

 

When caning of children becomes abuse: Lawyers explain the legal parameters

CNA, 18 Aug 2020 (Criminal Defence) 

SINGAPORE: When Mrs Tan’s son misbehaved when he was younger, he would be put through a “sentencing process” – his offences listed out with the corresponding strokes of the cane and a date set for the painful deed. 

 

Watch out: Spilled paint at Eunos has pedestrian and cyclist slipping and sliding

Asia One, 31 May 2022 (Criminal Defence)

Some passers-by in Eunos were greeted with a strange sight last Sunday (Nov 27), where a pedestrian crossing at the junction of Changi Road and Joo Chiat Road was splattered with white paint

 

Malaysian fugitive Jho Low’s sister issued writ of summons, 1MDB seeks US$3.5m from siblings

The Straits Times, 30 November 2022 (Civil Claim)

SINGAPORE – A writ of summons has been served against Ms Low May Lin, the sister of Malaysian fugitive Jho Low, who is linked to the theft of US$4.5 billion (S$6.15 billion) from 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), Malaysia’s former sovereign fund.

 

Dinner on the move: Motorcyclist eating 'cai fan' at traffic light sparks discussion on his well-being

Asia One, 10 June 2022 (Criminal Defence) 

SINGAPORE — With Singapore recently named the most overworked country in the Asia Pacific region, one man took it as a sign that this motorcyclist had a hard day at work after spotting him having a meal while on the road. 

'If maids aren't there, neither is he': This man uses binoculars to spy on them in Jurong East field

Asia One, 31 May 2022 (Criminal Defence)

SINGAPORE — Every Sunday without fail and with a can of beer in his hand, this man can be seen sitting at a corner on a quiet pedestrian bridge casually watching people enjoying their Sunday picnic on a grassy field opposite.

Don't I have any privacy? Foreign worker asks after employer installs CCTV camera in his bedroom

Asia One, 9 June 2022 (Harassment)

SINGAPORE — In public spaces, hardly anyone bats an eyelid at CCTV cameras but it’s a different matter when you spot one planted in the corner of your own bedroom.

Civil engineer jailed 18 days for molesting woman on train

Today Online, 9 February 2021 (Criminal Defence) 

SINGAPORE — A civil engineer was jailed 18 days on Tuesday (Feb 9) for molesting a woman on an MRT train by scratching her inner thigh.

Man jailed 11 weeks for uploading video on porn site of himself having sex with ex-girlfriend

Today Online, 28 February 2020 (Criminal Defence)

SINGAPORE — Four years after he broke up with his ex-girlfriend, a man found their sex videos that he thought he had deleted from an old laptop.

NUS graduate pleads guilty to taking photos of two female students showering in hostel toilet

Today Online, 28 February 2020 (Criminal Defence)

SINGAPORE — In yet another case of voyeurism on a university campus, a 25-year-old former National University of Singapore (NUS) student on Friday (Feb 28) admitted taking photographs of two female students showering in a residential hall women’s toilet.

Changes to Misuse of Drugs Act trigger old debate

The Straits Times, 26 November 2018 (Criminal Defence) 

SINGAPORE – Some say removing jail term for repeat offenders overdue, others worry deterrent effect is reduced.

Resident sues condominium developer for negligence after e-scooter fall

The Straits Times, 7 June 2018 (Personal Injury)

SINGAPORE – An injured e-scooter rider’s legal suit against a condo developer could lead to the introduction of a regime of rules for the use of such mobility devices in condominiums.

Forger jailed over CPF scam which cheated banks out of $600k

The Straits Times, 23 February 2018 (Criminal Defence)

SINGAPORE – A project engineer took part in a scam which involved forging theExit Visual Builder Central Provident Fund documents of about 30 people to cheat banks into giving them loans.

Criminal Law (Temporary Provisions) Act that allows detention without trial extended after heated debate

The Straits Times, 7 February 2018 (Criminal Defence) 

SINGAPORE – A proposed list that specifies offences that can result in suspected criminals being detained without trial worries some lawyers because once detained, they said it would be difficult to challenge the detention in court.

Adultery, being unprepared among real reasons why marriages in Singapore fail: Lawyers

Yahoo News, 19 July 2017 (Divorce & Family Law)

SINGAPORE – While thousands of Singaporeans continue to get hitched every year, more couples have also been calling it quits.

Drug use among the young: Abusers getting more brazen

The Straits Times, 27 June 2017 (Criminal Defence)

SINGAPORE – In the first of a two-parter on Singapore’s anti-drug efforts, Theresa Tan and Tan Tam Mei look at how some youth get their kicks overseas and even share and consume drugs in school

Arrest of couple in Toa Payoh hawker centre dispute

The Straits Times, 27 April 2017 (Criminal Defence)

SINGAPORE – In a move that lawyers said reflected the intense public interest in the case, police have arrested a couple, believed to be the ones seen quarrelling with an older man in a hawker centre, for causing public nuisance.

S’pore PR charged over promoting commercial sex with a minor overseas

The Straits Times, 15 February 2017 (Criminal Defence)

SINGAPORE – A Singapore permanent resident (PR) was charged in court on Wednesday (Feb 15) with two counts of distributing information intended to promote commercial sex with a minor below 18 years old outside Singapore.

The Big Read: Help or hindrance? There’s a downside to posting clips of traffic incidents–

Today Online, 4 February 2017 (Personal Injury, Criminal Defence)

SINGAPORE – Last month, he submitted his latest clip, which showed a motorist cutting across lanes to make a
turn.

Mr Toh, who has 15 years’ driving experience, said he made a habit of submitting his clips
because he wanted to warn motorists about the dangers on the roads.

Rape lie: Woman gets detention order

The Straits Times, 11 Jan 2017 (Criminal Defence)

SINGAPORE – A woman’s rape claim last year sparked a police probe which lasted about seven hours before she admitted she had lied to cover up the fact that she had casual sex.

Detention without criminal record for basketball bust-up

The Straits Times, 30 June 2016

SINGAPORE – A basketball player who fractured an opponent’s nose during a match punch-up has been spared a jail term that would leave him with a criminal record. A district judge pointed out that the court objective can be achieved through a detention order without the prison stigma.

Lawyer: Drivers can sue riders of e-bikes

The New Paper, 4 March 2016 (Personal Injury)

SINGAPORE – The arrow to turn right had flashed green, so he drove off.

Before he knew it, a motorised bicycle shot out from the traffic junction.

Budget Flight Delayed? Too Bad

The New Paper, 24 June 2015

SINGAPORE – Between January and May this year, Case received 34 complaints against both budget and full-service airlines.

 

Errant on Expressways

The New Paper, 11 April 2015

SINGAPORE – Cyclists on our roads are common, especially on weekends. But some cyclists are choosing to pedal on expressways instead.

It is unknown which day it occurred, but a driver captured their antics on his car’s dashcam video and uploaded the footage on YouTube last Friday.

“Singapore’s first Exclusion Order: Man’s noisy neighbours say they will not comply”

The Straits Times, 7 January 2020 (Criminal Defence)

SINGAPORE – Members of the family served with Singapore’s first-ever Exclusion Order, which bars them from their home, said they do not intend to comply with it.

Jail for man who attacked taxi driver

The Straits Times, 25 August 2014 (Criminal Defence)

SINGAPORE – A sales executive who punched a cabby in the face for refusing to take him in his taxi was jailed for four weeks yesterday.

Goh Yong Hock, 23, had a bunch of keys in his clenched fist when he hit 37-year-old cabby Bernard Chan Yew Luin a few times – leaving him with permanent scarring.

Cryo treatment left her crying out in pain

Asia One, 23 August 2014 (Personal Injury)

SINGAPORE – Hoping to ease the pain in her aching hips and joints, she went for a whole body cryotherapy session at an upmarket local spa last month.

The treatment involves entering a machine known as a cryosauna that releases vaporised nitrogen to lower the skin surface temperature close to freezing point.

Family sues doctors for daughter’s death

The New Paper, 9 August 2014 (Personal Injury)

SINGAPORE – The family of a woman inmate is suing two doctors and Raffles Medical Group, claiming that they are responsible for her death. Ms Lian Huizuan, 27, died after a drill exercise at Changi Women’s Prison where she had been serving time.