singapore - Criminal Law

Court orders more than $1.5m to be confiscated

The High Court has issued a confiscation order for a property bought by a convict using money accumulated from the contraband cigarette business, following an additional probe after initially sentencing him to jail.
Date: 19 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch

HSA suspends Licences of 10 Tobacco Retailers

The Health Sciences Authority (HSA) has suspended the tobacco retail licences of 10 errant tobacco retailers who sold cigarettes to minors under 18 years of age. They were caught via HSA’s ground surveillance and enforcement activities to deter the illegal sale of tobacco products to under-18 minors.
Date: 16 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Health Sciences Authority

Law Firm MD fined $10K for failing to flag Suspicious Deal

A Singapore law firm director who failed to notify the authorities about a shady nature of money offered by a high net worth client, was fined $10,000, after pleading guilty to the offence.
Date: 18 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch

Judge acquits Man of assaulting Condo Neighbour

A condo resident charged with assaulting another was acquitted by the District Judge, after ruling that the force he used was not criminal but in self-defence.
Date: 14 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch

Driver jailed for Role in alleged Escape Bid by City Harvest Man

A Malaysian driver who pleaded guilty to helping ormer City Harvest Church leader in an escape bid was given six months' jail.
Date: 13 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch

Raffles Place Protester gets Jail and Fine

A man, who was found guilty of three charges including taking part in a public assembly without a permit outside Raffles Place MRT station, has been sentenced to a total jail term of six months and two weeks and fined $5,000.
Date: 12 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch

Public Prosecutor v Ong Seow Ping and Another

Criminal Law - Statutory Offences - Misuse of Drugs Act

Date: 06 April 2018; Court: High Court; Citation: [2018] SGHC 82; Source: Singapore Law Watch

High Court upholds Reformative Training for 21-Year-Old Cheat with History of 'Funny’ Ideas

A young cheat who embezzeled nearly 38000 Singapore Dollars from 34 people between 2015 and 2016 was ordered to enter reformative training by the High Court, after dismissing his appeal for a jail term or probation.
Date: 07 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch

Criminal Law (Temporary Provisions) (Amendment) Act 2018

This Bill seeks to amend, amongst others, the Criminal Law (Temporary Provisions) Act.
Date: 04 April 2018; Type: Federal Amendment Act; Citation: No. 14; Source: Singapore Statutes Online

Dog owner's Sentence increased after Trial

A woman who was found guilty for causing unnecessary suffering to her dogs which were bought without obtaining a license has been handed an enhanced sentence for four weeks in jail and a fine of $6,000 by the District Court.
Date: 05 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch

Court upholds Acquittal of Accused Match-Fixer

The High Court has upheld the decision of the District Judge who acquitted a businessman accused of match-fixing, after finding the grounds of appeal insufficient to overturn the decision.
Date: 04 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch

Public Prosecutor v BDA

Criminal Law - Offences - Rape

Date: 28 March 2018; Court: High Court; Citation: [2018] SGHC 72; Source: Singapore Law Watch

Negligence: Van Driver jailed for causing Death of Two Malaysians

SINGAPORE, Apr 3 (Bernama) - A 25-year-old van driver who rammed into eight stationary motorcyclists along Bukit Timah Expressway (BKE) in March last year, killing two Malaysians, was today sentenced to three months imprisonment and banned from driving for five years.
Date: 03 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Public Prosecutor v S K Murugan Subrawmanian

Criminal law - Statutory offences - Misuse of Drugs Act; Evidence - Witnesses - Expert evidence

Date: 27 March 2018; Court: High Court; Citation: [2018] SGHC 71; Source: Singapore Law Watch

Public Prosecutor v Goh Jun Hao Jeremy

Criminal Procedure and Sentencing - Sentencing

Date: 22 March 2018; Court: High Court; Citation: [2018] SGHC 68; Source: Singapore Law Watch

Terrorism (Suppression of Financing) (Exemption from Prohibition against Dealing) Order 2018

This Order comes into operation on 26 March 2018.
Date: 26 March 2018; Type: Federal Subsidiary Legislation; Citation: No. S 144; Source: Singapore Statutes Online

Public Prosecutor v Mangalagiri Dhruva Kumar

Criminal Law - Statutory offences - Misuse of Drugs Act - Drug Trafficking - Guilty Plea; Criminal Procedure and Sentencing - Retraction of Plea of Guilt; Criminal Procedure and Sentencing - Sentencing - Benchmark Sentences
Date: 21 March 2018; Court: High Court; Citation: [2018] SGHC 62; Source: Singapore Law Watch

Hishamrudin bin Mohd v Public Prosecutor

Courts and Jurisdiction - Court of Appeal - Power to reopen concluded criminal appeals; Res Judicata - Abuse of process
Date: 15 March 2018; Court: Court of Appeal; Citation: [2018] SGCA 15; Source: Singapore Law Watch

Public Prosecutor v Ong Soon Heng

Criminal law - Offences - Rape; Criminal law - Offences - Abduction; Criminal procedure and sentencing - Sentencing - Sexual offences
Date: 16 March 2018; Court: High Court; Citation: [2018] SGHC 58; Source: Singapore Law Watch

Public Prosecutor v Paner Selvom a/l Rajoo and Another

Criminal law - Statutory offences - Misuse of Drugs Act
Date: 19 March 2018; Court: High Court; Citation: [2018] SGHC 63; Source: Singapore Law Watch


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Indonesia calls on UNESCO to legitimize 19 Cultural Properties

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