Amos Yee shows up in court without a lawyer, to stand trial for 8 charges
Prosecutor asked for an early trial date.
Teen blogger Amos Yee was back in court on Thursday, May 26, this time not represented by any lawyer.
The 17-year-old was arrested on May 11 and released on bail of S$5,000.
He faces eight charges in total: Five for allegedly wounding the religious feelings of Muslims, one for allegedly wounding the religious feelings of Christians and two counts of failing to report to Jurong Police Division for investigations.
All the alleged offences were committed between November last year and earlier this month.
In court, Yee told District Judge Ronald Gwee he intends to stand trial.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Kelvin Kow asked for an early trial date, noting that Yee “has upped both the tempo and offensiveness of his posts”.
The police allegedly issued a notice in December last year ordering Yee to report for investigations at Jurong Police Division. This was after police reports were lodged over online remarks he made last year.
However, not only did Yee allegedly fail to do so, he even left Singapore shortly after and did not return until last month.
When he returned, he did not comply even after he was allegedly served with a Magistrate’s order to report again at the police station.
After his arrest two weeks ago, he was bailed out of police custody by his mother on the same day.
Not the first time
His latest brush with the law comes less than a year after he was released from jail last July for posting online an obscene image and content intended to hurt the religious feelings of Christians.
Yee’s trial, which took place on May 7 and 8, 2015, became an instant public spectacle.
During the trial, the prosecution had sought probation and reformative training at various stages of court proceedings, but Yee had refused to cooperate.
The court found Yee guilty and convicted him of two charges on May 12. He was sentenced to four weeks in jail.
However, sentencing was backdated to include 53 days served in remand, resulting in Yee being freed immediately following the trial.
Yee subsequently filed an appeal against both the court conviction and sentence on July 9, 2015. It was dismissed.
If convicted of deliberately wounding the religious feelings of others, Yee could be jailed up to three years and fined. For failing to show up at Jurong Police Division in spite of an order, he could be jailed up to a month and fined up to S$1,500.
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