Student spared reformative training for $500,000 shopping voucher scam
A 21-year-old student who was already serving a jail term for cheating a supermarket chain of $500,000 in shopping vouchers has been spared reformative training.
This was after Justice Choo Han Teck on Friday threw out an appeal by the prosecution for Hakim Leong to undergo the training and decided to let him serve out the remainder of his 81/2-month term.
Reformative training is a regime in which offenders below the age of 21 are detained at a reformative training centre for between 1½ and three years, as they undergo structured rehabilitation programmes.
If Justice Choo had agreed to the appeal, Leong would effectively have to start his sentence all over again as the three months he had already spent behind bars for pulling off the scam in 2011 would not count.