Match-fixer Eric Ding's jail term increased from three to five years

Eric Ding Si Yang was sentenced in July last year by a district court for providing three Lebanese football officials with prostitutes as bribes for fixing future matches. -- PHOTO: ST FILE
Eric Ding Si Yang was sentenced in July last year by a district court for providing three Lebanese football officials with prostitutes as bribes for fixing future matches. -- PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - The High Court on Friday increased the jail term of match-fixer Eric Ding Si Yang from three years to five years.

The 32-year-old businessman, who is currently in jail, was sentenced in July last year by a district court for providing three Lebanese football officials with prostitutes as bribes for fixing future matches.

He appealed for a shorter term of a year's jail, while the prosecution sought a heavier punishment of six years' jail and a $120,000 fine.

The prosecution argued that such offences tarnish the country's reputation and pointed to foreign criticism that Singapore was not doing enough to combat match-fixing.

The prosecution also asked the High Court to raise sentencing benchmarks for such offences, given changes in technology and the landscape of betting in sports.

On Friday, Justice Chan Seng Onn upped Ding's sentence to five years' jail, saying that the original term of three years was "manifestly inadequate". The judge also laid down sentencing guidelines for future match-fixing cases.