Brompton bikes trial: Ex-NParks director's fine stands after appeals dismissed

Bernard Lim Yong Soon (left) has been charged over allegations that he lied about his personal relationship with BikeHop Singapore director Lawrence Lim.

SINGAPORE - The High Court today dismissed an appeal by prosecutors against former National Parks Board (NParks) officer Bernard Lim Yong Soon, The Straits Times reported Friday.

Prosecutors had been seeking a jail term of three to four months for Lim, a former National Parks Board (NParks) officer, who had been fined $5,000 for lying to auditors about his relationship with a bicycle firm director.

Lim's own appeal against his conviction was also dismissed by Justice Tay Yong Kwang.

It was previously reported that Lim had alerted the owner of bicycle retailer Bikehop about an upcoming NParks tender for foldable bikes. It subsequently became the sole bidder to supply 26 foldable Brompton bikes to NParks.

The $57,200 deal came under scrutiny due to the $2,200 price of each bicycle. Lim then lied to the Ministry of National Development (MND) auditors about his relationship with Bikehop owner Lawrence Lim, claiming that they had only met after the tender was awarded.

According to The Straits Times, Lim was fined the maximum $5,000 by a district court on Jun 10. He was acquitted of a second charge of instigating Bikehop's owner to lie.

In clearing Lim of the second charge, District Judge Marvin Bay found that Bikehop's director had more likely acted out of personal anxiety to keep both men's stories consistent.

But on Jun 11, the Attorney-General's Chambers (AGC) filed a notice of appeal against the sentence on the first charge.