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78-year-old jailed, fined for having duty unpaid cigarettes

May 8, 2014 - 12:54am

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His underhanded plan to get rich not only went up in smoke, but also ended up with him being slapped with a hefty fine.

Sng Jim Chua pleaded guilty to two counts of possessing 20,120 sticks of duty unpaid cigarettes.

Yesterday, the 78-year-old was sentenced to 12 months’ jail and slapped with a fine of $217,000.

Before Judge Chay Yuen Fatt passed his sentence in a state court, Sng told the judge in Hokkien: “I’m very old and I have many mental problems. I assure you that I’ll not be coming back to court again.”

Together with another accused, Sng went to a carpark at Bukit Batok West Avenue 6 last October to receive an illegal delivery of cigarettes. There, the two, as well as a cabby, were nabbed by a Singapore Customs team.
It is not known if Sng paid the fine.

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