Singapore: singing instructor jailed, caned for sex and drug parties — A singing instructor was sentenced to five and one-half years in jail and six strokes of the cane in a Singapore court on Friday for organizing sex and drug parties, according to reports.
The suspect, Tommy Lim Yong Thong, also sold crystal methamphetamines (street name “ice”) on the side to pay for the medical treatment of his AIDS condition, said reports.
The music school vocal instructor pleaded guilty to drug trafficking and consuming illegal drugs, and planning the gatherings that centered around the use of crystal methamphetamine.
He was arrested, along with two other men, at 1pm on May 26 of this year by officers of the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB).
The two others with him were 29-year-old Diego Mark Jason Solares and 33-year-old De Tomas Camerino Efren Jr, both Filipino nationals, in a room at the Furama Riverfront Hotel, said a report from The Straits Times.
More than 40 grammes of crystal methamphetamine was discovered in the room during the arrests.
CNB officers returned to the hotel later that day to raid the room of 42-year-old Coert Isaac Stanley Parree, a Dutch national who was then working as a flight attendant for KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, said the report.
The officers found “ice” and an improvised pipe in the room.
Methamphetamine has become perhaps the most serious and dangerous illicit drug in Asia, especially among young people, in both its crystal and pill form.
A highly addictive stimulant, it gives increased energy for hours, with a loss of appetite and inability to sleep. When the drug wears off the user suffers fatigue and often sleeps for a long period of time.
In its crystal form, it is smoked with a pipe. This form is very popular among young gay people looking to have sex parties.
Even more alarming is that many people who engage in these activities do so without the use of condoms, as the drug often impairs a person’s judgement in such matters.