Poverty is no excuse to commit crime, says Judge

Poverty is no excuse to commit crime, says Judge
Financial hardship cannot be an excuse to commit crime, said District Judge Eddy Tham on Monday when sentencing Ricky Foo Kee Kiong, 31, to five months in jail and a $30,000 fine.

The 31-year-old had pleaded guilty to obstructing the course of justice by acting as a lookout for a Geylang vice syndicate, living on the earnings of prostitution, and assisting a loan shark. His lawyer in his defence said that his client was "trapped in poverty" and had to pay his mother's medial bills.


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