City Harvest Church leaders' case appeal: The verdict

Refresh this page for updates on the appeal outcomes as they are announced.

Jeanette Tan| April 07, 08:35 AM

In November 2015, City Harvest Church co-founder Kong Hee and five of his fellow church leaders appealed against their convictions and sentences for criminal breach of trust and funds misappropriation.

At the same time, the prosecution also appealed for a harsher sentence for all six church leaders in the largest case of misuse of charitable funds in Singapore history.

Barring any attempt on either side (the convicts or the prosecutors in this case) to put a question of law to the Court of Appeal — the highest court in the land — these decisions made by the three judges presiding over this appeal will stand as final.

We'll be updating this page with the outcome of each person's case, as Judge of Appeal Chao Tick Hin, Justices Woo Bih Li and Chan Seng Onn read out their collective decision on each person's appeals:

1) Kong Hee, 52, CHC co-founder

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Convicted of: Three charges of criminal breach of trust

Initially sentenced to: Eight years' jail

He appealed for: His conviction and sentence to be overturned

Prosecutors appealed for: 11 to 12 years' jail

JUDGES' DECISION: Conviction upheld. Sentence reduced to 3 years and 6 months jail.

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

Chew Eng Han (Photo via City News)

Convicted of: Six charges of criminal breach of trust; four charges of falsification of accounts

Initially sentenced to: Six years' jail

He appealed for: His conviction and sentence to be overturned

Prosecutors appealed for: 11 to 12 years' jail

JUDGES' DECISION: Conviction upheld. Sentence reduced to 3 years four months jail.

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

Source: City News

Convicted of: Six charges of criminal breach of trust; four charges of falsification of accounts

Initially sentenced to: Five and a half years' jail

He appealed for: His conviction and sentence to be overturned

Prosecutors appealed for: 11 to 12 years' jail

JUDGES' DECISION: Conviction upheld. Sentence reduced to 3 years 2 months jail

4) Serina Wee, 39, former CHC finance manager

Source: City News

Convicted of: Six charges of criminal breach of trust; four charges of falsification of accounts

Initially sentenced to: Five years' jail

She appealed for: Her conviction and sentence to be overturned

Prosecutors appealed for: 11 to 12 years' jail

JUDGES' DECISION: Conviction upheld. Sentence reduced to 2.5 years jail.

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

Source: City News

Convicted of: Three charges of criminal breach of trust

Initially sentenced to: Three years' jail

He appealed for: His conviction and sentence to be overturned

Prosecutors appealed for: Eight to nine years' jail

JUDGES' DECISION: Conviction upheld. Sentence reduced to 18 months jail.

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

Source: City News

Convicted of: Three charges of criminal breach of trust; four charges of falsification of accounts

Initially sentenced to: 21 months' jail

Appealed for: Her conviction and sentence to be overturned

Prosecutors appealed for: Five to six years' jail

JUDGES' DECISION: Conviction upheld. Sentence reduced to 7 months jail.

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