City Harvest trial: Prosecution appeals 'manifestly inadequate' sentences

City Harvest trial: Prosecution appeals 'manifestly inadequate' sentences

The prosecution, having considered the written grounds, has filed an appeal against the sentences ranging from 21 months to eight years' jail, according to the Attorney-General's Chambers.

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SINGAPORE: The prosecution in the trial against six City Harvest Church leaders on Friday (Nov 27) has filed an appeal against the "manifestly inadequate" sentences against the six people convicted.

In his sentencing last Friday, Judicial Commissioner See Kee Oon issued the following sentences:

  • Senior pastor Kong Hee, the founder of the church, was sentenced to eight years' imprisonment for criminal breach of trust.
  • John Lam, former secretary of the church's management board, was sentenced to three years' jail.
  • Sharon Tan, former finance manager, was sentenced to 21 months in prison.
  • Former board member Chew Eng Han was given a sentence of six years.
  • Senior pastor Tan Ye Peng, five years and six months.
  • Serina Wee, former finance manager for the church, was handed a five-year jail term.

The AGC said in its press release: "Having carefully considered the written grounds, the prosecution is of the view that the sentences imposed are manifestly inadequate, in all the circumstances of the case. The prosecution has accordingly filed notices of appeal today, against the sentences imposed on all six accused persons."

Source: CNA/kk