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Boon Tat Street murder victim sold ‘everything he owned’ to save business

The victim of the fatal Boon Tat Street stabbing managed to turn around a shipping business on the brink of bankruptcy during the 2007-2008 economic crisis. Mr Spencer Tuppani, 38, who was the chief executive officer of TNS Ocean Lines, told August Man magazine in 2014 that he sold “practically everything he owned” to keep the company afloat. It became profitable again in 18 months, and by 2014, its turnover had exceeded $100 million. Mr Tuppani was a finalist of the Outstanding Entrepreneur Award at the SICCI-DBS Singapore Indian EntrepreneurRead More


Serial taxi-cheat fined $8,000 and ordered to compensate 15 taxi driver

SINGAPORE- A serial taxi-cheat was fined $8,000 and ordered to pay compensation of $871.65 after pleading guilty to 10 counts of fare evasion on Tuesday (June 13). Five other charges were taken into consideration. From Jan 2014 to Oct 2016, Tan Mei Shan, 29, cheated 15 taxi drivers of fares ranging from $25.10 to $105.60. If she is unable pay her fine and compensation amounts, Tan would have to serve 40 days in jail for the fine and 10 days for the compensation order. The court heard that Tan, whoseRead More


Court okays seizure of $124m of bankrupt Japanese director’s assets

Before going bankrupt in Japan last year, a Japanese company director parked US$90 million (S$124 million) in assets in three banks here. One bank account was in the name of his wife and son. But in a ground-breaking case, Japanese debt-recovery officials succeeded last month in obtaining a Singapore High Court order to seize those assets hidden by Masahiko Nishiyama, 70. Justice Woo Bih Li granted a declaration that the Japanese bankruptcy order, together with the Japanese court-appointed trustee in bankruptcy, Mr Hiroshi Morimoto, be recognised here. The judge furtherRead More


Two drug traffickers spared gallows as court amends and convicts them on lesser charge

SINGAPORE – Two Singaporean traffickers were spared capital drug charges after the High Court was not convinced they knew they had two pounds of a granular substance which contained 21.58 g of diamorphine, or pure heroin, instead of one pound of the substance as they claimed. Justice Choo Han Teck on Wednesday (May 3) amended the charge and convicted them of jointly trafficking in 10.17 g of diamorphine instead, based on the evidence from the six-day hearing held in February (2017). Ng Peng Chong, 58, a pimp, and Cheng PuehRead More


Three dentists and manager charged with submitting fraudulent Medisave claims

Dentists Steven Ang Kiam Hau (left) and Daniel Liew Yaoxiang (right) are accused of 283 and 280 charges respectively.ST PHOTOS: WONG KWAI CHOW SINGAPORE – Three dental surgeons and a manager from a dental company were charged in court on Thursday (April 13) with abetment by conspiracy to cheat the Central Provident Fund Board by submitting multiple fraudulent Medisave claims. Cecil Goh Chin Chye, 47, The Smile Division’s group managing director, and Yeo Meow Koon, 46, the group practice manager, face 612 charges each, while dentists Daniel Liew Yaoxiang, 35,Read More


Thai woman jailed 5½ years for stomping Singaporean boyfriend to death

SINGAPORE – A 43-year-old woman who assaulted her live-in boyfriend and stomped him to death after a quarrel was on Thursday (March 16) sentenced to 5½ years’ jail for culpable homicide. Sukanya Praphuttha, a Thai national who is a permanent resident here, pleaded guilty to killing 55-year-old handyman Lee Yang Boo by using her right foot to stomp the left side of his head at their North Bridge Road flat. The High Court heard that sometime during the assault in the early hours of March 1, 2015, a neighbour heardRead More


Businessman ordered to pay $2m in casino losses

Amount is believed to be highest single sum owed that MBS got back in court last year K.C. Vijayan Senior Law Correspondent A premium casino player who once won US$2 million (S$2.9 million) at a Phnom Penh casino saw his fortune roll the wrong way at Marina Bay Sands – and MBS taking him to court for about $2 million in losses. Mr Darwin Liman, 70, a Singaporean businessman, was ordered by the High Court to pay the sum after MBS obtained a summary judgment last month. The sum comprisedRead More


Ex-BSI banker Yeo Jiawei jailed 30 months for witness tampering in 1MDB investigation

SINGAPORE: Former BSI banker Yeo Jiawei was sentenced to 30 months’ jail on Thursday (Dec 22), for tampering with key witnesses in the money laundering investigation linked to Malaysian state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB). He was found guilty of all four charges on Wednesday, for attempting to frustrate the Commercial Affairs Department’s (CAD) investigation into his alleged involvement in illicit transactions worth tens of millions, as well as to cover up his ties to prominent Malaysian businessmen Low Taek Jho and Eric Tan Kim Loong, who are both implicated in theRead More


British banker Rurik Jutting denies murder of two women in Hong Kong

The financier accused of the killings of two Indonesian women admitted only to manslaughter on grounds of diminished responsibility Rurik Jutting, the Cambridge-educated financier accused of murdering two Indonesian women in his apartment.  A Cambridge-educated British banker has pleaded not guilty to the murder of two young Indonesian women found dead at his luxury Hong Kong home almost two years ago, blaming a “personality disorder” for the killings. Rurik Jutting, 31, was arrested in the early hours of 1 November 2014 after he called police to his 31st floor flatRead More


Prosecution seeks 17 years’ jail and 24 strokes for man who raped woman three times

SINGAPORE – The woman who was raped three times in 20 minutes by a stranger along a stretch of public road broke down on Tuesday when she faced her attacker on the first day of his trial, it was revealed in court on Friday (May 6). Prosecutors are seeking at least 17 years’ jail and 24 strokes of the cane for rapist Lim Choon Beng, 30, arguing that a deterrent sentence was warranted for his audacity in carrying out the repeated rapes. “Each time the victim thought that traumatising experienceRead More