Online gambling's bigger threat warrants harsher penalty: Judge

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A judge who sentenced an offender to 14 months' jail for providing a remote gambling service, and added four weeks more for using an office as a common gaming house, made clear that the sentencing disparity between the two offences was justified, given the greater threat online.

District Judge Kenneth Yap noted that both offences were similar in nature, separated by being on "opposite sides of the digital divide".

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 07, 2019, with the headline Online gambling's bigger threat warrants harsher penalty: Judge. Subscribe