SINGAPORE – Fake social escort worker who tricked women into having sex with him and appealed against his three-and-a-half-year sentence addressed the judge in a tearful plea before the High Court Friday, September 24.
After Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon questioned a psychiatric report produced by the defense in support of a shorter prison term, De Beers Wong Tian Jun spoke up and said the contents of the report were authentic. He added that talking to the doctor made him understand why he had made “such a bad decision”.
Wong was represented by lawyer Riko Isaac Chua, who submitted a psychiatric report on his client’s state of mind at the time of the offenses to request a reduction in sentence.
The 40-year-old Singaporean had cheated on at least 11 women, aged 18 to 24, between April 2015 and January 2016.
Since he couldn’t afford to pay for sex, he had the idea of ââadvertising on Locanto for “sugar babes” in 2015 and pretended to be an agent who matched wealthy clients. with his sugar babies.
He told women who contacted him that they should engage in sexual activity with him or provide him with sexually explicit photographs or videos of themselves in order to assess their suitability with his clients. He offered them $ 8,000 to $ 24,000 per month, but no such client existed.
Referring to Wong’s psychiatric report, CJ Menon said on Friday that Wong was only assessed about five years after the commission of the offenses. The report lacked “any explanation” as to how the psychiatrist was able to “retrospectively determine” Wong’s condition at the time, CJ said.
“Nowhere in the report do I see how (the psychiatrist) could have come to the idea that this was the case at the time,” the judge said.
Chief Justice Menon also expressed concern that the psychiatrist did not see the statement of facts produced during Wong’s guilty plea, but relied on Wong’s account. It was “unsatisfactory,” the judge said.
In response, Chua said his team of attorneys hadn’t thought about sending the psychiatrist the statement of the facts because they felt it was enough for their psychiatrist to hear from Wong, as well as corroboration from Wong’s advisor.
As for Wong’s report, Chua said he believed there was “sufficient reasoning,” such as the way the psychiatrist referred to Wong’s mental state at the time of the offenses. The lawyer also pointed out Wong’s remorse and his clean criminal record. “He was previously president of the SengKang West base and his only record was back in 1998 for theft,” Chua said.
CJ Menon then noted how Wong seemed to blame others in his documents, such as his father, ex-wife, and in-laws. “And in some ways he even seemed to suggest that the victims brought him in because they were there for whatever reason, âthe judge said.
This did not demonstrate that a person accepted their mistakes and how reprehensible Wong had acted, the judge added, noting that Wong had responded in a particularly cruel manner to a victim in his dealings with her.
At this point, Wong, who was present in court, requested to address the chief justice, who appeared via zoom in court.
Wong said in a moving voice, “I’m not saying I didn’t do anything wrongâ¦ when I went to the doctorâ¦ that’s when I realized the amount of stress and depression that I have. was going through at the time.
“I do not in any way blame my in-laws, my father or my ex-wife for what I went through during this period, but it was only after consulting the doctor that I understood why I had made such a foolish decision. Because … I have always tried to do good and it was only after talking to a counselor that I understood why I had made such a bad decision then.
âSince I have a new family, I have my sonâ¦ I really hope you see that the report is as authentic as it is and that it is not about telling stories for the sake of it. to bluff or deceive anyone. “
Wong, who was breathing heavily throughout his speech, added that he had had a stroke a few months ago.
Chua told CJ Menon that Wong’s fiancee wanted to speak as well, but was turned down by the judge, who didn’t see how she could help.
Chief Justice Menon reserved judgment for delivery at a later date.
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