Nine weeks' jail for ex-school principal in underaged callgirl scandal

The former school principal of Pei Chun Public School has been sentenced to nine weeks' jail for having commercial sex with a minor.

Lee Lip Hong, 39, is the first man to be sentenced to jail in the underaged callgirl scandal after being the first of 48 men to plead guilty on Friday morning.

Dressed in a suit, Lee admitted in court to one of two charges of having paid $500 for sex with the girl, who was 17 at the time, at Hotel 81 Bencoolen in September 2010. The other charge has been considered for sentencing.

He also broke down in court as his lawyer pleaded for leniency, reported

He said he was fully ashamed of his actions which had harmed his family.

His lawyer, Melanie Ho, said her client had been misled about the girl's age when he contact the girl's pimp, Tang Boon Thiew to secure her services.

When he handed out the sentence, Senior District Judge See Kee Oon said he was reinforcing the message of deterrence, reported Channel NewsAsia.

He also noted Lee had committed his offence outside of his role as an edcuator and at no time, abused his position.

Lee could have been fined or jailed for up to seven years.

  • 2015 Nissan Murano aims for the style-forward crowd 6 hours ago
    2015 Nissan Murano aims for the style-forward crowd

    Nissan says its 2015 Murano crossover, only the second major revamp of the car since it debuted in 2003, draws its design cues from the “age of future space flight.” That’s probably taking it a little far, but the new Murano, based off the 2013 Resonance concept vehicle, is an exceptionally lovely machine, all fluid, curved metal on the outside, and flowing, soft-touch materials on the inside. Certain kinds of comfort and charms that were unheard-of outside of premium vehicles five years ago have definitely trickled down, and reached a kind of design apotheosis with this car.

  • Volkswagen brings new (ish) Jetta to New York along with Golf Sportwagen 9 hours ago
    Volkswagen brings new (ish) Jetta to New York along with Golf Sportwagen

    With its new President and CEO of America, Michael Horn, on stage in New York after just 100 days on the job, Volkswagen debuted its 2015 Jetta. You'd be forgiven for noticing little differences compared to the outgoing model, and in the words of Horn himself, the changes are indeed subtle. The most notable of those subtleties is the all-new 2.0 liter turbo diesel motor, offering 45 mpg highway and a modest increase of 10 hp. For VW, diesel is where it's at.

  • With Vantage GT, Aston Martin races below $100,000 10 hours ago
    With Vantage GT, Aston Martin races below $100,000

    Aston Martin is going downmarket, sort of. The 2015 Vantage GT, a sport-styled variant of Aston’s legendary flagship car, draws style and performance tips from their GT4 race cars, which will be running in North America this year. It’s also priced at $99,900, which shows that the market for these kinds of consumer sports cars has boomed in recent years.