Vocal instructor jailed and caned for organising sex-and-drug parties

A vocal instructor who is HIV-positive organised sex-and-drug parties and also sold Ice on the side to pay for the medical treatment of his Aids condition.

Tommy Lim Yong Thong's days of partying and pushing drugs are now over. He was sentenced on Friday to 5 1/2 years in jail and six strokes of the cane. He pleaded guilty to trafficking and consuming drugs and planning the drug-fuelled gatherings.

Lim, who worked at a music school, was arrested with two other men by officers of the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) at 1pm on May 26 this year. He was then with Diego Mark Jason Solares, 29, and De Tomas Camerino Efren Jr, 33, both Filipino nationals, in a room at the Furama Riverfront Hotel. More than 40g of Ice, the street name for methamphetamine, was found in the room.

Later that day, CNB officers returned to the hotel to raid the room of Coert Isaac Stanley Parree, 42, and found Ice and an improvised pipe. The Dutch national was then a flight attendant with KLM Royal Dutch Airlines.

Investigations then revealed that Parree had messaged Lim on May 22 that he was in the Furama Riverfront Hotel. Lim agreed to organise a "session". Within the gay community, this refers to a party involving sex and drugs.

The next day, he booked a room at the hotel and invited Solares and Efren. Lim admitted to bringing the Ice and giving it to the two Filipinos for free, with whom he had sex with. He also admitted to selling the drug to his clients outside the hotel.

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