Kong Hee & remaining City Harvest convicts out of jail between 2018 & 2020

Just, you know, so you know.

By Jeanette Tan | February 1, 2018

The Court of Appeal has laid down its decision.

The six City Harvest convicts will continue serving the same shortened sentences they were first handed by the High Court.

Packed courtroom

The judgement was read out in a packed courtroom on Thursday morning, Feb. 1, 2018.

A panel of three High Court and two appeal judges decided they agreed that City Harvest founder Kong Hee and his five fellow church leaders were not acting as ā€œagentsā€ as defined in Section 409 of the Penal Code for criminal breach of trust.

As such, hereā€™s a quick rundown of the estimated dates the convicted will be allowed out of jail, provided they are released for home detention or given a discount for the remaining third of their sentences — excluding former finance manager Sharon Tan, who finished serving two-thirds of her reduced seven-month sentence in 2017:

1. Kong Hee

Photo by Chiew Teng

Length of original jail term (from State Court): 8 years

Length of shortened jail term (from High Court): 3 years, 6 months

When he started serving jail: April 21, 2017

When he’s likely to be out (for good behaviour): August 20, 2019

2. Tan Ye Peng

Source: City News

Length of original jail term (from State Court): 5 years, 6 months

Length of shortened jail term (from High Court): 3 years, 2 months

When he started serving jail: April 21, 2017

When he’s likely to be out (for good behaviour): AroundĀ June or July 2019

3. Serina Wee

Source: City News

Length of original jail term (from State Court): 5 years

Length of shortened jail term (from High Court): 2Ā years, 6 months

When she started serving jail: April 21, 2017

When she’s likely to be out (for good behaviour): December 20, 2018

4. John Lam

Source: City News

Length of original jail term (from State Court): 3 years

Length of shortened jail term (from High Court): 1 year, 6 months

When he started serving jail: April 21, 2017

When he’s likely to be out (for good behaviour):Ā April 20, 2018

5. Chew Eng Han

Photo via City News

Length of original jail term (from State Court): 6Ā years

Length of shortened jail term (from High Court): 3Ā years, 4 months

When he will start serving jail: FebruaryĀ 22, 2018

When he’s likely to be out (for good behaviour): AroundĀ April or May, 2020

6. Sharon Tan

Source: City News

Length of original jail term (from State Court): 1 year 9 months

Length of shortened jail term (from High Court): 7 months

When she started serving jail: April 21, 2017

When she was released (for good behaviour): November 2017

More of our stories on the case:

City Harvest Church saga to (finally) come to long-awaited conclusion on Feb. 1, 2018

City Harvest case: Sharon Tan released, Serina Wee & John Lam soon eligible for home detention

Kong Hee could be out of jail in 2 years 4 months due to S’pore’s two-third remission system

City Harvest Church saga to (finally) come to long-awaited conclusion on Feb. 1, 2018

Top image: Mothership fileĀ 

About Jeanette Tan

Jeanette takes pride in her ability to sing the complete lyrics to Hakuna Matata and a host of other Disney songs. She holds out hope to someday be talent-spotted to do voice-overs for documentaries, lifts and automated telephone answering systems.

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