All 6 City Harvest Church leaders get reduced sentences

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By Chan Cheow Pong | April 7, 2017

The edict has been issued: City Harvest Church (CHC) co-founder Kong Hee and five of his fellow church leaders have successfully appealed to reduce their sentences against their convictions for criminal breach of trust and funds misappropriation.

Judge of Appeal Chao Tick Hin, Justices Woo Bih Li and Chan Seng Onn read out their collective decision today, reducing their sentences from 21 months to 8 years, to between 7 months and 3 years 6 months.

Here are their reduced sentences at a glance:

1) Kong Hee, 52, CHC co-founder

JUDGES’ DECISION: Conviction upheld. Sentence reduced from 8 years to 3 years and 6 months jail.

2) Chew Eng Han, 55, former CHC fund manager

JUDGES’ DECISION: Conviction upheld. Sentence reduced from 6 years to 3 years four months jail.

3) Tan Ye Peng, 43, founding member and deputy senior pastor

JUDGES’ DECISION: Conviction upheld. Sentence reduced from 5.5 years to 3 years 2 months jail

4) Serina Wee, 39, former CHC finance manager

JUDGES’ DECISION: Conviction upheld. Sentence reduced from 5 years to 2.5 years jail.

5) John Lam, 47, former CHC finance committee member

JUDGES’ DECISION: Conviction upheld. Sentence reduced from 3 years to 18 months jail.

6) Sharon Tan, 40, former CHC finance manager who took over from Wee

JUDGES’ DECISION: Conviction upheld. Sentence reduced from 21 months to 7 months jail.

Their sentences are deferred two weeks from today, for Sharon, two months from now.

Top photo from Mothership.sg.

 

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About Chan Cheow Pong

It took Cheow Pong two decades to recover from the trauma of memorising General Paper essays before he was ready to be an English writer. In between affliction and recovery, he thoroughly enjoyed his time writing in Chinese and doing Chinese translations.

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