In an ironic twist of fate, Ex-City Harvest leader Chew Eng Han will, after attempting to escape his jail term, have his jail term extended instead.
In case you are not updated with the stunt Chew tried to pull, you can read about it here:
Barely 24 hours after getting caught, Chew was charged in court today (22 Feb), alongside the boatman, Tan Poh Teck, who was aiding in his escape.
The boatman was charged with abetting Chew to leave Singapore unlawfully, which has a maximum penalty of 2 years jail and a $6,000 fine.
Chew, on the other hand, has so far only been charged for trying to leave Singapore for Malaysia through illegal means. This carries a maximum penalty of 6 months jail and a $2,000 fine.
The sentences will be added on to his 3 year 4 month jail term he already has to serve for embezzling City Harvest church funds.
Investigations are currently ongoing by the Singapore Police Force, and Chew might face a much heftier penalty if found guilty of having an intention to escape detention in Singapore.
Chew has been locked at the Police Cantonment Complex since the time he was caught. He will be remanded at the Central Police Division for investigation, likely for the entire duration of the trial of his new crime.
This comes after Chew had repeatedly applied for deferments while the other five City Harvest Leaders had already started serving their jail terms on April 21, 2017.