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SINGAPORE — A junior lawyer at a top firm who took photographs of his colleague's chest and underwear while she was working at her cubicle was struck off the roll on Thursday (May 19). In a written judgment, the Court of Three Judges said the four-week prison term that was handed down to the errant lawyer in criminal proceedings should not be considered as a factor for a more lenient disciplinary sanction. The court also said the mere fact that the man was in his first year of practice when he committed the offences did not justify a lesser punishment. The man cannot be identified owing to a gag order to protect the victim. He is no longer practising law here and is believed to be working as an in-house legal counsel for a business in Indonesia. He was admitted to the Bar in August 2016 and was an associate at one of the top local law firms. In April 2017, while the man, then 26, and the victim, a 23-year-old trainee, were both in the office, he leaned over her on the pretext of reading her computer screen.
Imagine you're on a plane flying home to Singapore and suddenly a crew member asks you to go to the galley. What could it be for? Is something wrong? For one Singapore Airlines (SIA) passenger, it turned out to be a pleasant surprise. On Tuesday (May 17), Naseem Huseni posted on SIA's Facebook page: In the galley, a flight steward named Jariel presented Naseem with a card that had a drawing of two cats playing with a toy plane and said: «Thank you for flying with us! Ms Naseem.»
Is it an elaborate set up, or a devious scheme to cheat in a game of cards? In a TikTok video shared by BlurBlur008 on Wednesday (May 18), it shows a group of players confronting a man for allegedly using marked playing cards during their gambling session. The setting looks like it is at someone's home and the video has since garnered over 125,000 views and 3,600 likes. «What do you want us to do now, [since] we have lost money,» one of the gamblers asked, while the accused man appeared to be in shock while using a blue light flashlight to inspect the cards that were marked. «You cannot accuse me of [cheating] since the cards came like that,» the man countered. But in the four minute-long clip, the other gamblers were not convinced. «The thing is, you are the one hosting [this game]. You should know these cards very well,» one of the gamblers said in Chinese. While protesting his innocence, the host, wearing a pair of spectacles, claimed that he could not have cheated since he wasn't wearing infrared contact lens to see through the marked cards. He was also seen gesturing at his eyes to another man to prove his point.
Car enthusiasts among us would jump at any opportunity to race at legendary tracks like Monza in Italy or the Nurburgring in Germany. However, a local automobile lover probably felt that he didn't need a trip to Europe to hone his driving skills. He managed to recreate that track experience by whizzing around the bendy turns of South Buona Vista Road in his Toyota AE86, a car popularised by the Japanese manga series Initial D where the main character navigates this car on the fictional mountain Mount Akina. TikTok user Tehzisheng posted a 114-second video of his driving escapade on Tuesday (May 17). The clip received 73,000 views and 163 comments at the time of writing. The exact date and time of the drive cannot be confirmed. https://www.tiktok.com/@tehzisheng/video/7098569309848472833?is_from_webapp=1&sender_device=pc&web_id=6944924152827184641 The video was split into three sections with different cameras pointing toward the road ahead, the manual gearbox lever and the car pedals. In the video, Tehzisheng took a right turn from Kent Ridge Road to enter the winding South Buona Vista Road.
SINGAPORE - On his birthday, a man punched a cleaner and fractured his jaw during an argument over the victim sleeping in a bin centre. Sanjeevan Maha Lingam, 43, was jailed for 21 months and four weeks in court on Wednesday (May 18) for this offence on Sept 24 last year and several others, including hurling racist comments at a police officer. The Singaporean pleaded guilty to a total of five charges - one for voluntarily causing grievous hurt, two for using criminal force to deter a public servant from discharge of his duty, and two under the Protection from Harassment Act. Court documents do not mention what Sanjeevan was working as at the time of his offences. Deputy Public Prosecutor Jordon Li said the cleaner had finished work at about 7pm and gone to sleep on a sofa in the bin centre at Block 1 Jalan Kukoh. Sanjeevan woke the cleaner up at about 11.15pm, and they got into a dispute over the cleaner resting in the bin centre. «In the course of the dispute, (Sanjeevan) punched the victim once on his left cheek, with intention to cause grievous hurt to the victim,» said DPP Li.
An elderly man visited a Singapore Pools outlet at a Fairprice branch hoping to strike it big, but all he gained were criminal charges and possibly a fine and jail time for allegedly causing the death of another. This 73-year-old man allegedly shoved an 80-year-old following an argument that occurred at a Singapore Pools outlet in Marine Parade Central's Fairprice at 11am on May 8. The 80-year-old fell and he died in hospital later. The alleged attacker was subsequently arrested and charged with one count of a rash act causing death and another count of voluntarily causing hurt on May 9, reported 8World today (May 18). Ho Ah Wah, 73, had reportedly gone to the Singapore Pools outlet to buy betting tickets when he encountered the victim Cheong Hua Kwee. According to 8World, the two argued and it ended up with Cheong falling on the ground and hitting his head. The pair was not on good terms, but it is unknown what sparked the fight that day.
SINGAPORE - The social media accounts of President Halimah Yacob, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, as well as several political office-holders and government agencies, have been spammed with comments from supporters of Indonesian preacher Abdul Somad Batubara, who was denied entry into Singapore on Monday (May 16) due to a history of extremist teachings. A check by The Straits Times found comments bearing the hashtags #SaveUAS and #SaveUstadzAbdulSomad on Instagram posts by President Halimah and PM Lee. Other accounts targeted include PM Lee's Twitter page, Senior Minister Teo Chee Hean and Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan's Instagram accounts, the Singapore Government and Ministry of Law's Twitter pages, as well as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Singapore Tourism Board and Immigration and Checkpoints Authority's Instagram pages. In response to media queries, the Ministry of Communications and Information (MCI) confirmed on Wednesday (May 18) that the social media accounts of a number of political office-holders and government agencies were spammed.
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