Law Minister defends Woffles Wu’s ‘lenient’ sentence: A fine is “within the norm of usual sentences”
Posted by temasektimes on June 16, 2012
Law Minister Shanmugam has weighed in on the recent controversy surrounding the case of prominent plastic surgeon Woffles Wu who was only fined $1,000 for asking his employee to take the rap for his speeding offence instead of the usual jail term.
A 51 year old sales executive Charlie Lim Chau Lee was jailed for six months for asking others to take the blame for his traffic offence in September 2010. (read more here)
The shocking verdict caused an outcry among Singaporeans including PAP MP Hri Kumar Nair, a lawyer by profession who blogged:
“I must admit I was surprised by the fine of $1,000 imposed on Woffles Woo for paying someone to take a speeding rap for him. Such offences are undoubtedly serious, as they seek to undermine the course of justice. Others who have committed similar offences have been jailed.”
However, Mr Shanmugam does not share his views and told reporters on the sideline of a community event today that a fine is apparently “within the norm of usual sentences” under that charge.
Mr Shanmugam further claimed that fines are more commonly meted out in such cases without providing any statistics to substantiate them.
He added that Mr Kuan was also not charged and that could have been because the AGC took into account the fact that Mr Kuan is now over 80 years of age.