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PG (Plead Guilty) Mention, State Court of Singapore, August 2015

Raphael Louis (Ray), Defence lawyer or attorney for the accused, successfully argued and persuaded the court to impose a fine only.  After the accused pleaded guilty and during mitigation, Ray argued that his client should only be fined as the circumstances surrounding the offence did not warrant a jail sentence unlike previous cases before the State Court of Singapore;  in other words, the punishment must fit the crime and the criminal.  The prosecuted had earlier submitted for a custodial sentence; in all previous prosecutions and sentencing under the same offence, the accused persons were jailed.   Offenders faced a maximum jail sentence of 5 years.  After the plea was taken and before passing the sentence, the court had to adjourn the case 4 times to hear further submissions and clarifications from both the Prosecution and Defence.  At the end, the Learned Judge was persuaded with the Defence’s submission and imposed a fine only.  For more information please refer to  IRAS , Channel News Asia and The Straits Times

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