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Hard to tell if Shaw's remorse is genuine: Judge

Published on Sep 2, 2012 6:00 AM
Howard Shaw, former executive director of the Singapore Environment Council, arriving at the Subordinate Courts on 30 July 2012 with his wife Jessie. He is charged in court on charges of having paid sex with a underaged minor in the high-profile online vice ring case --PHOTO: SPH

A judge has said that it is difficult to tell whether former green activist Howard Shaw is genuinely remorseful about having paid for sex with an underage prostitute.

Senior District Judge See Kee Oon, in his written grounds explaining his decision to hand Shaw a 12 -week jail term, noted his guilty plea but said:

"A plea of guilt is not necessarily always indicative of remorse."

Judge See said Shaw had insisted that he was "blameless" by portraying himself as the accidental victim of the strict enforcement of the law on sex with underage prostitutes.

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