Lawyers say they are seeing more men settling cases with cash to avoid criminal record.
“The men are drunk, don’t remember anything and have no defence against them…To avoid the whole saga, they’d rather just pay.” – Mr. Chia Boon Teck
Social networking site a useful tool in getting information for legal battles.
“Divorce cases tend to involve a lot of personal life…[Facebook] is like a diary. People will talk about their ‘exploits’ or things that make them happy.” – Mr. Chia Boon Teck
It takes two hands to clap; why just penalise the man?
“There is little sympathy for the man no matter how proactive the girl was in wanting sex. The onus is on the man to make sure the girl is above age.” – Mr. Chia Boon Teck
Beauty queen lucky as credit card fraud is usually treated severely, say lawyers.
“It’s difficult to persuade the court to give a probation order if there are more than one or two charges…It’s harder to argue that the offences were committed on the spur of the moment.” – Mr. Chia Boon Teck
Limited knowledge of the law and court procedures works against their favour.
“If the accused doesn’t know the law and the rules, he might end up asking questions he’s not entitled to ask or miss questions he should be asking.” – Mr. Chia Boon Teck
The boss of two building companies here faked educational qualifications.
Features case handled by Mr. Chia Boon Teck.