Online prostitution ring pimp gets 7 years and 7 strokes of the cane, 16-year driving ban

Malcolm Graham Head, a 33-year-old pimp who had admitted to a series of vice offences as well as causing grievous hurt to a customer, was sentenced to seven years' corrective training and seven strokes of the cane. He was also banned f
Malcolm Graham Head, a 33-year-old pimp who had admitted to a series of vice offences as well as causing grievous hurt to a customer, was sentenced to seven years' corrective training and seven strokes of the cane. He was also banned from driving for 16 years. -- PHOTO: SINGAPORE POLICE FORCE

A 33-year-old pimp who had admitted to a series of vice offences as well as causing grievous hurt to a customer has a high risk of re-offending and is not remorseful, according to his corrective training report.

Malcolm Graham Head has also been found by a prison officer to have the tendency to minimise the culpability of his crime. He also does not have the necessary support that will help prevent him from returning to a life of crime once he is released from prison.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Elizabeth Chua had sought at least eight years' corrective training, caning and a lifetime driving ban to be imposed on Head.

She said that Head had committed 41 offences within six months after his last release from prison, and the years he had spent in prison had had little deterrent effect on him. Head had spent nearly nine years behind bars previously.

"It is clear that the accused is a recalcitrant and that a lengthy term of corrective training would be appropriate for his rehabilitation and for the protection of the community at large," said Ms Chua.

On Friday, District Judge Hamidah Ibrahim sentenced Head to seven years' corrective training and seven strokes of the cane. She also banned him from driving for 16 years.

Last month, Head, represented by Mr Amarjit Singh, pleaded guilty to 17 charges including managing a brothel, abetting customers to have commercial sex with a 16-year-old girl, causing grievous hurt and drug-related offences.

Ms Chua had argued that there were numerous aggravating factors in the grievous assault which Head launched with three co-accused, including his girlfriend Veronica Patricia Rio, 19, on French product line manager Dominguez Didier Moise, 54, at his Marina Bay Residences home on March 4 last year.

She added: "The accused had procured the minor and exploited her sexually for commercial gain. Threats and violence were used against the girls under his charge to ensure that they continued to work for him."

Head's request to be re-assessed by a doctor was rejected by the judge who said that his mitigation letter showed an "utter lack of remorse''.

The maximum period of corrective training - a strict regime for repeat offenders - is 14 years.