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Howard Shaw starts 12—week jail term
SINGAPORE: Former executive director of the Singapore Environment Council, Howard Shaw, said he respects what the law has handed down to him, as he started serving his 12—week jail term on Friday.
He made the statement in response to questions from the media when he arrived at the Subordinate Courts at about 11.20am with his wife, Jessie Xue.
Dressed in a white shirt and dark—coloured pants, Shaw told reporters that he was feeling nervous and had not slept very well the night before.
The grandson of the Shaw Organisation’s founder was sentenced on July 30 this year for having paid sex with an underage girl.
He was 12th person, among 51 men, to be sentenced in the high—profile online vice ring case involving the girl, who was then 17 years old.
Shaw, 41, had appealed against his sentence but recently withdrew the appeal.
When asked why he withdrew the appeal, Shaw replied: "I respect what the law has handed out to me, and I will serve my time." He added that the decision to withdraw the appeal was entirely his own.
In court, Shaw and Xue sat together quietly in the public gallery of the empty courtroom.
The pair exchanged a hug before officers took Shaw into custody at about 11.30am. His wife handed him a container wrapped in plastic, together with an envelope.
She declined to speak to reporters who approached her.
Eleven other men had been sentenced so far in the online vice ring scandal.
The maximum punishment for the offence is seven years’ jail and a fine.