Evading NS: Man jailed 1½ months

Soldiers marching down the steps of the Marina Bay Floating Platform during the National Day Parade (NDP) at Marina Bay Floating Platform on Aug 9, 2011.
Soldiers marching down the steps of the Marina Bay Floating Platform during the National Day Parade (NDP) at Marina Bay Floating Platform on Aug 9, 2011.PHOTO: ST FILE

Brian Joseph Chow, 25, who left Singapore to study in Australia as a teenager, was jailed for 1½ months yesterday for evading national service enlistment for more than six years.

The High Court had ruled in favour of the prosecution's appeal against the original sentence of a $4,500 fine. Second Solicitor-General Kwek Mean Luck argued that a fine was inadequate for defaulters who return only after completing their personal goals, and there was a need for a deterrent sentence.

Yesterday, the court said Chow would have been jailed three months but gave him a 11/2-month discount for his exceptional performance during NS, which he served after his voluntary surrender in 2013.

Defaulters with a substantial connection to Singapore enjoyed the benefits of citizenship but had an unfair advantage over their peers, noted Justice Chan Seng Onn.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 12, 2016, with the headline 'Evading NS: Man jailed 1½ months'. Print Edition | Subscribe