Ex-convict, now an undergrad, aims to be Mr World Singapore

Mr Calvin Alexander Neo is one of 30 finalists at this year's Mr World Singapore pageant. In 2009, he was sentenced to 13 years' jail and 15 strokes of the cane. While in prison, he did well in his O and A levels, which secured him a place at NUS aft
Mr Calvin Alexander Neo is one of 30 finalists at this year's Mr World Singapore pageant. In 2009, he was sentenced to 13 years' jail and 15 strokes of the cane. While in prison, he did well in his O and A levels, which secured him a place at NUS after his early release in February last year.ST PHOTO: ONG WEE KIAT

In 2009, when Mr Calvin Alexander Neo was sentenced to 13 years' jail and 15 strokes of the cane, the future looked dim for the self-described teen terror.

He was only 21 years old when he went to Changi Prison and for the first four years of his sentence, he was in a cell by himself.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on August 11, 2019, with the headline 'Ex-convict, now an undergrad, aims to be Mr World S'pore'. Print Edition | Subscribe