High Court dismisses appeal by ex-prosecutor over sex with underage prostitute charge

The appeal of former deputy public prosecutor Spencer Gwee Hak Theng over his conviction and four-month jail sentence for having sex with an underage prostitute was dismissed by the High Court on Nov 15, 2013. -- ST FILE PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN
The appeal of former deputy public prosecutor Spencer Gwee Hak Theng over his conviction and four-month jail sentence for having sex with an underage prostitute was dismissed by the High Court on Nov 15, 2013. -- ST FILE PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN

The appeal of former deputy public prosecutor (DPP) Spencer Gwee Hak Theng over his conviction for having sex with an underage prostitute was dismissed by the High Court on Friday.

The 60-year-old, who was convicted in July and sentenced to jail for four months for paying a 16-year-old Vietnamese prostitute $300 for sex at the Four Chain View Hotel in Geylang on the evening of July 19, 2011, will now take his case up to the Court of Appeal.

Now on bail, Gwee had previously denied having sex with the Vietnamese teen. During a 10-day trial, he said he had been discussing business with a client at a Geylang coffee shop around the time the offence occurred.