TV actor Christopher Lee to spend more time in jail
By Wong Siew Ying, Channel NewsAsia | Posted: 15 June 2007 1520 hrs
SINGAPORE: MediaCorp actor Christopher Lee, who is currently in jail for causing an accident, will be spending more time in prison.
This came after the prosecution succeeded in appealing against his four-week sentence, which was meted out on 10 May.
At the end of the appeal hearing on Friday, the court decided to overturn an earlier sentence of a S$3,000 fine for his drink-driving offence.
In its place, he was sentenced to two weeks in prison and disqualified from driving for three years.
The jail term will run consecutively with his initial four-week punishment, bringing the total imprisonment to six weeks.
The money he had earlier paid for the fine will be refunded.
Lee's friends attended the hearing and heard how he had caused serious injury to a pillion rider, who had a toe amputated.
In sentencing, Justice Lee Seiu Kin said he was not out to set a new sentencing benchmark.
But he observed that there was a trend recently to merely impose a fine for first-time offenders and this needed to be arrested.
The judge decided that the offence called for a custodial sentence as Lee's blood alcohol content was high and there was evidence to show he had poor control of the vehicle.
The hearing lasted for about three hours and Lee appeared calm and composed.
However, towards the end of the session, he looked stern and was a little fidgety.
Lee's brush with the law is unlikely to end here.
He faces another charge of failing to stop after causing an accident.
A pre-trial conference for that case has been set on 21 June.