Ang Soon Wah v Public Prosecutor

CourtDistrict Court (Singapore)
JudgeKaur Jasvender
Judgment Date05 February 2001
Neutral Citation[2001] SGDC 37
Citation[2001] SGDC 37
Published date19 April 2005

Ang Soon Wah ...appellant


Public Prosecutor ...respondent

Citation: MA No 32 of 2001
Jurisdiction: Singapore
Date: 2001:02:05
2001:01:30, 2001:01:26, 2001:01:05
Court: Subordinate Courts
Coram: Jasvender Kaur, District Judge
Counsel: Tan Kim Chiang (Angela Wong & Co.) and Siow Itming (Siow Itming & Co) for the appellant
Inspectors Lopez Hilarion, Masilamani and James Ng (Prosecuting Officers) for the respondent


Grounds of Decision

On 5 January 2001, the accused pleaded guilty to the following charge:

are charged that you, on the 6th day of September 2000, at or about 11.00 a.m., at Shop N Save Supermarket located at Boon Lay Shopping Centre, Block 221 Boon Lay Place #02-164, Singapore, a place used for custody of property, did commit theft of the following items:-

a. Two cans of Hosen longan fruits valued at $1.90 each;

b. Two cans of Flying Horse lychees fruits valued at $2.20 each;

c. Two cans of Choice 1 lychees fruits valued at $1.70 each;

d. Two cans of Flying Horse longan fruits valued at $2.20 each;

e. Two cans of Ma Ling pork luncheon meat valued at $1.05 each

with a total value of $18.10¢ in the possession of the marketing executive Foo Yok Hin of the said Shop N Save Supermarket and you have thereby committed an offence punishable under section 380 of the Penal Code, Chapter 224.

2. A preventive detention report was called for, and the offender was found both physically and mentally suited for a sentence of preventive detention. On 30 January 2001, he was sentenced to the maximum term of 20 years’ preventive detention. He appeals against that sentence.

The facts

3. On 6 September 2000, at the Shop N Save Supermarket, the offender was seen placing canned fruits into a red plastic bag by an employee of the shop. He was then observed going to the fruits section, and selected five oranges. Thereafter, he proceeded to the cashiers counter and paid for the oranges. After he stepped out of the store, the employee who had observed him earlier stopped him. She checked the red plastic bag which he had, and found 10 cans of fruits with a total value of $18.10¢ which had not been paid for. The offender was detained, and the police notified.


4. The offender has a long list of antecedents, which began about 34 years ago in 1967. In that year, he was sentenced to two years’ imprisonment for an offence of theft under s 379 of the Penal Code...

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