The Singapore State Courts. (PHOTO: Dhany Osman / Yahoo News Singapore)
SINGAPORE – Annoyed that a police officer who allegedly yelled at him for being close to a police operation yelled back at a lawyer claiming he was a Supreme Court officer and “taller” than the officer.
Wong Sin Yee, also known as Edmund Wong, who is currently suspended on an unrelated matter, was fined $ 2,000 on Wednesday (May 5) for pleading guilty to a police officer who committed his Had completed service, hindered and hindered police operations.
Wong received an acquittal from another charge that accused him of tampering with legal remedies by filing a false declaration on December 11, 2015 that a woman’s urine was methamphetamine due to contamination from a drug she had taken contained. Wong has been severely warned about the charges, prosecutors told the court.
Wong stopped at the scene of the police operation
Wong, 62, was a practicing lawyer and attorney at the time of the offenses in 2017. He was the sole owner of the SY Wong Law Chambers law firm.
At around 9 p.m. on January 13, 2017, police officers performed an operation on the back lane between Lorong 14 and Lorong 16 Geylang. The officers arrested and investigated 10 people suspected of being members of the secret society.
Wong arrived at the scene just before 10:11 p.m. and stopped near the area where the suspects were arrested.
When he saw him, Assistant Superintendent (DSP) Chu Weng Kong approached Wong and asked if he was a police officer.
“In response, the defendant called DSP Chu angrily that he was ‘taller’ than a police officer,” Assistant Prosecutor Foo Shi Hao told the court.
DSP Chu asked Wong what he meant and Wong shouted that he was a “Supreme Court officer” and therefore DSP Chu had to address him as “Sir,” DPP Foo said.
Wong’s shouts caught the attention of suspects and passers-by. Another officer found Wong’s identity and DSP Chu informed him that the police were conducting an operation on the site of the incident. He added that Wong’s behavior hindered her surgery and told Wong to leave.
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Wong refused to go and was arrested by the police.
Wong defiled “the good name of the legal profession”: law enforcement
DPP Foo petitioned for the fine, pointing out that Wong had made explicit reference to his attorney status at the time, which “sullies the legal profession’s good name.” Wong should be fined enough to reflect his punishment, he said.
Wong was represented by lawyers Peter Ong and Edmond Pereira, who said Wong recognized his wrong and apologized to the court.
“He does not deny that he yelled at the policeman, but we are instructed that it was because the policeman yelled at him and that he immediately responded impulsively to yelling at the policemen,” said Pereira.
“So he had the feeling that if the officer hadn’t yelled at him, he might not even be here today.”
When Wong was about to leave, the police arrested him, the lawyer said. The defense requested a fine of between $ 1,600 and $ 1,800 for their client.
In response, DPP Foo said the investigation did not confirm the fact that the DSP yelled at Chu Wong.
Wong was added to the list of attorneys and attorneys at the Supreme Court of Singapore on August 12, 1998. He was suspended from practicing under the Legal Profession Act in 2018 for improper conduct while interrogating a harassed victim during a trial.
During the cross-examination of the victim on August 3, 2015, Wong asked the victim if she found her attractive and suggested that he thought she was attractive. He also asked the victim to stand up and gave her a physical exam.
A three-person court ruled that his cross-examination of the victim was irrelevant and totally inadmissible and that his conduct was a shame. The judges suspended Wong from the practice for five years.
For obstruction of an officer, Wong could have been jailed for up to three months or fined up to $ 2,500, or both.
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