Public Prosecutor v Zhong Xiaoqin

CourtDistrict Court (Singapore)
JudgeJill Tan Li Ching
Judgment Date02 March 2010
Neutral Citation[2010] SGDC 80
Citation[2010] SGDC 80
Publication Date18 March 2010
Plaintiff CounselChristine Liu (Deputy Public Prosecutor)
Defendant CounselLeonard Loo (Leonard Loo LLP)

2 March 2010

District Judge Jill Tan:

1 The Accused faced 16 charges – 12 under section 6(b) of the Prevention of Corruption Act (Chapter 241) (“PCA”), three under section 57(1)(k) of the Immigration Act (Chapter 133), and one under section 148(1) of the Women’s Charter (Chapter 353). She initially claimed trial to them, but on the first day of trial, elected to plead guilty to eight charges – five under the PCA, two under the Immigration Act and one under the Women’s Charter. The remaining charges were taken into consideration for the purpose of sentencing.

Facts

2 The Accused, a Chinese national, first arrived in Singapore in 2005. On 14 October 2005, she made a false statement in her Application for a Visit Pass which was submitted to the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (“ICA”). In the Application, she falsely declared that she lived at a certain address in Bedok, when she in fact did not. That address belonged to one Lim Ah Seng (“Lim”), who was her local sponsor for her applications to extend her social visit pass (“SVP”). The Accused had also filed for marriage to Lim at the Registry of Marriages in September 2005. As a result of the false declaration, the Accused was granted an extension of her SVP from 14 to 29 October 2005. On 28 October 2005, she and Lim visited ICA again, where she made another similar false declaration. This time, her SVP was extended from 28 October to 28 November 2005. These false declarations were made to obtain an extension of her SVP, and formed the bases for her two proceeded charges under the Immigration Act.

3 In late 2007, the Accused became acquainted with one Ong Thiam Hock (“Ong”), a police officer with the Singapore Police Force (“SPF”), when he conducted a raid at a massage parlour that she was then working at. He was attached to Clementi Police Division and was in charge of licencing, including massage establishment licences. She obtained his contact number and began contacting him. In early May 2008, she began operating an unlicensed massage establishment in the Clementi area. On a number of occasions between May and July 2008, she contacted Ong and arranged to meet him, during which time they had sexual relations and/or she gave Ong money. The proceeded charges under the PCA were in respect of four occasions where the Accused gave monetary gratification (of between $500 and $2000) to Ong, and in respect of one occasion where she gave him gratification in the form of free sexual services. These were inducements to provide her with tip-offs on impending raids by the police on massage establishments. Ong did in fact tip-off the Accused of impending raids – once in late May 2008 and again in early June 2008. She thus kept her massage establishment closed on the first occasion so that it could not be raided that day, and was aware beforehand that the raid on the second occasion would be conducted.

4 Between 10 May and 16 July 2008, the Accused also managed a brothel by allowing her massage establishment to be used for sexual services by four masseuses who worked there. She instructed them on how much to charge for the sexual services, and imposed a $200 fee on them for allowing them to offer sexual services there. However, she only retained their earnings from massages, and not from the...

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