Sex-for-contracts case: Peter Lim's lawyers make representations on other 9 charges

The sentencing hearing of former Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) chief Peter Lim Sin Pang has been adjourned until 5pm on Friday.

This after his lawyers made representations to the court at the start of proceedings at 2.30pm, on the other nine corruption charges he faces in the sex-for-contracts case.

The high-ranking civil servant was found guilty of one count of corruption for obtaining oral sex from Ms Pang Chor Mui, 49, a general manager at Nimrod Engineering, in exchange for furthering the business interests of her employer.

Lim, who was released on $15,000 bail, also faces nine other corruption charges that were being dealt with separately. They involve two other women who also work for technology firms.

He faces a jail term of up to five years or a fine of up to $100,000, or both, for each charge.

When delivering her judgement last Friday, District Judge Hamidah Ibrahim had harsh words for Lim whom she said was neither a "credible witness nor a witness of truth".

She found that he had been the one who initiated the May 2010 sexual encounter and rubbished his explanation that he had caved in to Ms Pang's request out of pity.

During the trial, Lim also said that he did not know he had flouted government procurement rules when he called Ms Pang ten months after their tryst to tip her off about an SCDF tender for radiation portal monitors. But Judge Hamidah said that Lim, who had been in the civil service for 25 years, should have been aware of the conflict of interest, and therefore had guilty knowledge.

Ms Pang's then-employer Nimrod Engineering participated in the tender when it was eventually called in April 2011.

The Ministry of Home Affairs has temporarily suspended its own disciplinary proceedings against him until a final outcome is known in his trial. In the meantime, he remains interdicted from his duties with the SCDF.