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Howard Shaw sentenced to 12 weeks’ jail for having sex with underage prostitute

Posted by temasektimes on July 30, 2012

Former executive director of the Singapore Environment Council and grandson of tycoon Run Run Shaw, Howard Shaw, has been sentenced to 12 weeks jail for having paid sex with an underage prostitute.

The 41 year old pleaded guilty in June to paying a 17-year-old girl S$500 for sex in October 2010. The prosecution has earlier asked for a three month sentence, saying that the offence warrants a custodial sentence as the minor involved is ‘worthy’ of protection as stated under the law

Adding that the extent of the culpability depends on whether Shaw tried to verify the minor’s age, the prosecution pointed out the accused took absolutely no steps to ascertain the girl’s age.

Shaw’s lawyer Harpeet Singh asked for a conditional discharge or a fine or the basis that “there was fraudulent misrepresentation in this case”, as the minor “colluded” with the pimp to hide her real age. He added that the minor was neither coerced into having sex, nor was she a victim of human trafficking.

Shaw is the second of the 51 men to be dealt with in the online vice ring crackdown after the former principal of Pei Chun Public School, Lee Lip Hong, who was sentenced to nine weeks’ jail for a similar offence with the same underage girl.

Shaw has decided to appeal, and his police bail of $10,000 was extended to court bail of the same amount.

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