Teenage blogger Amos Yee Pang Sang has shown a blatant disregard for the law again and may find himself with a tougher punishment after an urgent hearing convened by the State Courts yesterday.
This comes after Yee, 16, once again published on his blog two offensive online material, for which he had been convicted on May 12.
He had earlier taken down the offensive video and image in accordance with court orders during his conviction.
The teenager also failed to attend an interview scheduled by a probation officer. He claimed he did not want to be put on probation.
This prompted the prosecution to push for Yee to be sentenced to reformative training — where young offenders are detained for a minimum period of 18 months in a centre where they have no contact with adult prison inmates, said Deputy Public Prosecutor (DPP) Hay Hung Chun yesterday during the hearing.
DPP Hay told reporters after the hearing, which was held in chambers, that Yee is a misguided youth who seeks attention by deliberately posting provocative content online, who has no insight into his offending behaviour, and who is likely to keep repeating this pattern of conduct.
As such, a jail term or a fine would have no rehabilitative effect on Yee, he said.
The blogger was charged in court on March 31, four days after uploading a video criticising former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew, who died on March 23.
A day after Yee put up the clip, he uploaded an obscene image involving Mr Lee and former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher.
Yee was found guilty on May 12 of making offensive remarks against Christianity, and circulating obscene imagery.
He was ordered by the court to take down the offending video and image in relation to the two charges.
After Yee was released on $10,000 bail, he made the video and blog post containing the image private.
But on May 21, investigation officer Jason Chua discovered they had been made public again.
The police officer said in an affidavit filed with the court that Yee failed to attend the interview scheduled by the probation officer and had confirmed he did not want to be put on probation.
Yesterday, DPP Hay said that especially in reposting the offending material after his conviction, Yee amplifies his need for rehabilitation and appropriate counselling.
Yee, who is still on bail, is expected to be back in court on June 2, when the court may call for him to undergo tests while in remand to determine his suitability for reformative training
This article was first published on May 28, 2015.
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