Singapore CJ Sundaresh Menon overruled Appeal Court and spares reformative training for Indian drug trafficker

Hardwarezone Forum, 29 May 2014
A drugs trafficker was spared reformative training even after an appeals court found that it had been wrong to just sentence him to probation.
As Adith Sarvotham, 18, had already served a good part of his probation term by the time his appeal was heard in April, it would have been unfair to re-sentence him.
Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon said there would be an "element of double punishment".
Adith had pleaded guilty last year to consuming and growing cannabis as well as trafficking. He was sentenced by the district court to three years' probation, which included 240 hours of community service and 12 months' residence at a prescribed hostel.
Prosecutors appealed to the High Court arguing that the probation order was inadequate and called for reformative training instead. Such trainees spend up to 36 months behind bars under a special regime for offenders aged under 21. Full story

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