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City Harvest trial continues today

Published on Jan 13, 2014 10:42 AM

Prosecutors of the high-profile case involving six City Harvest Church leaders were one of the first few to arrive at the Subordinate Courts on Monday morning for the third leg of the trial.

They were followed by former finance manager Serina Wee, who was the first of the six defendants to arrive at about 9am. The church's founding member and senior pastor Tan Ye Peng and its finance manager Sharon Tan were next to reach the courts.

Chew Eng Han, who left the church last year after serving as its board member, and John Lam, the former secretary of the church's management board, arrived separately before 9.20am.

Church founder Kong Hee, 49, walked into court holding hands with his singer-songwriter wife Ho Yeow Sun, 43, just before the court session commenced at 9.30am.

The number of members lining up for the 55 available passes for each of the morning and afternoon sessions today, was noticeably smaller. There were only about 30 or so church members in the queue on Monday morning. As a result, there were several leftover passes after they were distributed at 7.20am. The passes were snapped up on the opening days of the first two tranches last year.

First to take the stand is prosecution witness Ms Tiang Yii, an accountant from Baker Tilly, the church's external audit firm.