Monday, 18 June 2012

Howard Shaw Underage Girl Scandal

Howard Shaw: The grandson of the founder of Shaw Organisation, who was charged with paying an underage girl for sex in April, asked for an early plea to be taken.

This means that 41-year-old Howard Shaw will decide whether or not to plead guilty.

Former Singapore Environment Council (SEC) executive director Howard Shaw was among the 48 men who were earlier charged with paid sex with a 17-year-old girl.

He is now represented by a team of lawyers led by Mr Harpreet Singh Nehal, a senior counsel from WongPartnership.

In a statement to the media, his lawyers raised the issue of Shaw's charge, which falls under Section 376B of the Penal Code, which is an "absolute liability offence" under Singapore law.

This means that the accused would be deemed to have committed the offence - even though there's no intent. 40-year-old Swiss expatriate Juerg Buergin will be back in court on 3 July.

Juerg, who is currently unemployed, allegedly paid the girl for sex in late 2010 and early 2011. He is currently out on a S$15,000 bail.

His lawyer, Mr Selva K. Naidu, commented that his client is "reasonably okay".

The former principal of Pei Chun Public School, Lee Lip Hong, was the first man to be convicted in the online vice ring case. He was sentenced to nine weeks' jail in April, and was released on 8 June for good behaviour after serving six weeks behind bars.
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