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Lee Cheng Yan gets more jail time, another lifetime driving ban for police car chase and other offences

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SINGAPORE: Lee Cheng Yan, who’s already serving his sentence for dragging a visitors police officer alongside the highway in an escape bid, was given more jail time and another lifetime driving ban on Thursday (Jan 27) for the excellent expenses in opposition to him.
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Lee, 38, was given 21 months and 16 weeks’ jail on Thursday, banned from driving for life and issued a S$1,000 penalty.

The new jail time period will start when his present one expires. He is at the moment serving a jail time period of 4 years and seven months, which was meted out to him in July 2020 together with a S$3,700 effective and a lifetime driving ban.

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Lee pleaded responsible to fifteen expenses. These embody visitors offences reminiscent of driving when beneath a disqualification order, harmful driving and evading a police roadblock.

Another set of expenses is for unlawful soccer betting. These embody inserting S$38,000 of unlawful soccer bets, sending an alarming message to somebody who owed him cash from online soccer betting and distributing a soccer guess prize.

The third kind of expenses is for instigating a person to realize unauthorised entry to Singtel’s system with a view to retrieve subscribers’ addresses, so a 3rd social gathering may observe them down for cash owed.

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Another 54 expenses had been considered.

Lee is understood for his long-drawn court docket case for a 2017 incident, when he drove his Maserati off in a bid to flee, dragging alongside a visitors police officer along with his car and injuring him.

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Lee was additionally beneath a driving ban on the time of this offence. He claimed trial and at trial claimed that it was an unknown man named Kelvin who was behind the wheel.

According to him, Kelvin was of an analogous construct to him and was additionally sporting an analogous white shirt that Lee was caught on police cameras sporting that day.

The prosecutor put it to Lee on the time that Kelvin doesn’t exist and nobody has managed to determine him. Lee’s freshly employed legal professionals from Withers KhattarWong mentioned they weren’t pursuing this line of defence at his High Court enchantment in May 2021.

HE DROVE WHILE ON BAIL PENDING APPEAL, DESPITE DRIVING BAN

While on bail pending this enchantment, Lee reoffended and continued to drive, regardless of being beneath a lifetime driving ban.

He was captured on closed-circuit tv (CCTV) cameras driving close to Block 18, Upper Boon Keng Road on Feb 13 final yr, with the driving force’s window wound down.

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He was additionally proven on CCTV footage parking a buddy’s rented BMW within the space earlier than alighting from the driving force’s seat on Mar 1, 2021.

At about 4am on Mar 12, 2021, Lee drove a Mercedes alongside MacPherson Road in direction of Airport Road when he was stopped at a visitors police roadblock with a lady beside him.

A visitors police officer performed a routine breathalyser check on Lee, which he failed. When requested to offer his private particulars, Lee drove off immediately, manoeuvring by way of the barricade and rushing off.

Two officers gave chase on their bikes, and Lee drove in a harmful method together with driving at a pace of 140kmh on a 50kmh-limit highway and dashing by way of purple lights.

The pursuit lasted for about 2.4km earlier than the officers overpassed Lee’s car. Lee deserted the car at a carpark in Tai Seng Industrial Estate and fled from the scene.

He was caught three days later after an intensive manhunt by the police, the prosecution mentioned.

Investigations revealed that Lee had pushed the car to observe a film with a lady earlier than dropping her off at her residence. He then met another girl, whose id couldn’t be established, for drinks within the Lavender space.

He was with the girl within the early hours of Mar 12, 2021 when the car was stopped on the roadblock.

THE OTHER OFFENCES

On high of those visitors offences, Lee admitted to serving to co-accused Philbert Lim Zong Xian, 34, download addresses of people that owed Lim cash. This was in trade for S$1,000.

In 2017, Lee contacted another man, Kelvin Foo Cheek Ann, who was a retail advisor for a subsidiary of Singtel at Parkway Parade.

He obtained Foo to entry Singtel’s system and retrieve buyer particulars, providing Foo S$20 for every cellphone quantity to be checked.

Lee then handed on the knowledge to Lim. The Singtel prospects later reported cases of being harassed by cellphone calls, textual content messages and individuals displaying up at their properties to demand for cash.

Lee additionally admitted to being each an agent and a punter for online soccer betting and lotteries between August 2015 and September 2017.

He positioned his personal bets on soccer matches, together with a guess worth of S$38,000 in February 2017. He additionally organized bets for others and transferred S3,756 of winnings to a punter in 2016.

A RECALCITRANT AND PERSISTENT OFFENDER: PROSECUTION

The prosecutors sought not less than 25 months’ jail and a lifetime driving ban for Lee, calling him a “recalcitrant and persistent offender” with “a staggering 69 outstanding offences”.

They mentioned it’s “self-evident that the accused has complete disregard for the law and that a lengthy period of imprisonment is required for these offences”.

Lawyer Jeremy Pereira mentioned there have been no excuses for what his shopper has executed, describing his state of affairs as one the place he was “digging a deeper hole for himself as it went on”.

He mentioned Lee didn’t run the identical defence this time that he did beforehand, however has sobered and is genuinely remorseful and contrite. Lee listened to proceedings by way of video-link, showing visibly slimmer.

His lawyer urged the court docket to mood justice with mercy.

The choose mentioned it was “heartening” to listen to that Lee now seems contrite, however mentioned the variety of offences was certainly “staggering”.

“This can easily be said to be one of the worst types of offending behaviour that the court has seen in recent times,” she mentioned.



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