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BROMPTON BICYCLE CASE

NParks officer's defence calls for his acquittal

Lawyer argues he didn't break law even if actions were 'reprehensible'

Published on Apr 2, 2014 7:55 AM
 
Bernard Lim is accused of lying to auditors over the $57,200 purchase of 26 Brompton bicycles. -- ST FILE PHOTO: WONG KWAI CHOW

The National Parks Board (NParks) assistant director accused of lying to auditors over the $57,200 purchase of 26 Brompton bicycles did not break the law even if his actions might have been "morally reprehensible", a court heard yesterday.

Bernard Lim Yong Soon, 42, allegedly lied to the National Development Ministry (MND) on July 18, 2012 that he did not know the director of a bicycle supplier before it bid for the contract. Lim is also accused of instigating Bikehop director, Mr Lawrence Lim Chun How, to perpetuate the lie.

But these charges, argued defence lawyer Lawrence Ang, were founded on an "over-simplistic view" of the law.

Urging the court to acquit his client without calling for his defence, Mr Ang referred to the testimony given by nine witnesses during the trial, which began on March 11.

 
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