The Deputy Public Prosecutor (DPP) for the City Harvest Church fund scam appeal was on the offensive and called for a 12 year jail sentence – 50% more than the 8 years – for Pastor Kong Hee.
DPP Christopher Ong blasted the previous trial judge for “being too lenient” and his judgment a “moral hazard”:
“The trial judge had been too lenient, and had “abandoned and ignored” sentencing guidelines by failing to take into account the massive amount of monies involved, among other aggravating factors. The trial judge had untethered his sentencing from his moorings, resulting in sentences that are manifestly inadequate.
The trial judge’s reasoning presents a moral hazard and if allowed to stand, may embolden would-be criminals.”
Calling the 6 City Harvest Church leaders’ scam “fraud of the worst kind”, the DPP also denounced them as unrepentant.
Below is DPP Christopher Ong’s “recommendation” to the High Court:
Kong Hee: 8 years to 11 to 12 years’ jail
Tan Ye Peng: 5 years and 6 months to 11 to 12 years’ jail
Chew Eng Han: 6 years to 11 to 12 years’ jail
Serina Wee: 5 years to 11 to 12 years’ jail
John Lam: 3 years to 8 to 9 years’ jail
Sharon Tan: 21 months to 5 to 6 years’ jail