Hi readers, I am a ex-convict whom have served my jail term from July 2011- Augest 2011. Lockup in CPC (Changi Prison Complex) for a month, then served the remaining of my sentence under PPP (Home Detention Program). Throughout my 'short' 2 months lock-up behind bars and at home. I have came across and met numbers of ex-convicts whom have commited all types of offences. They share with me their backgrounds, personal stories which have taught me alot and understand the meaning of happiness in life.
Inspiration from those people whom have supported and helped me get through and start afresh, I decided to create this website aiming to bring those with an interest in the prisoner support community a forum in which their issues and concerns may be addressed by others in similar circumstances and beliefs.
Although I am still struggling with debts after my release, I am no longer in depression. I'll finally found and understand the real meaning of life and regain back my strength and confidence to face the reality again, all thanks to my lock-up experiences and those inmates/ officers I met in CPC.
I sincerely hope and be glad if my life story here can actually helpout any of you readers or people around you. Think again before you commiting a crime and do get prepare on what you will face after you commit a crime!
< Before I begin, I apologise if there are spelling and grammer mistakes in my thread >
Chapter 1.1: What I have done
I stay with my parents and I can say I have a warm beloved family. I have my own stable decent business which I have been spenting years building up. For the past 28 years I'll have been living in a decent lifestyle.
Like most of the readers here, I always told myself and anyone around me that I will not commit anything which is illegal.
But my life was destroyed by myself soon after the opening of Casino in MBS (MarinaBay Sands) (MBS). Due to my greed, I have lost everything (my savings, my company, my lifestyle) within months in MBS. Neverless to say, I end up commiting a crime soon later due to financial.
I never hide nor trying to escape after I commited the crime. I thought I was already mentally prepared and faced the consequences. I turned myself in the next day after I commited the crime.
I was being summoned to Subordinate Court by my IO from Cantonment Police Station after 1 month from the day of my interview and providing my statement to him. My case was very direct as I decided to plead guilty without hiring lawyer and appeal. I want get my punishment as soon as possible so I can end it all once and for all.
Chapter 1.2: Arrival to Subordinate Court
I turned up with my family members to Subordinate Court, Court 26 (as ordered by my IO), 9am sharp for my mention. I entered court room 26 at 9am sharp and it was already full of people and the trial had just started. Turn by turn, my whole waiting and hearing process took about 2 hours. I am not alone. There are at least about 40+ others including the remands waiting for their hearing.
I was ordered by the judge to attend court 10, 2.30pm (same day) for my sentences after I've plead guility to the judge during my mention.
Like anyone whom are attending court for their first time in their life, it is a very tense, stressful, full of worries and nervous moment for me. But something that have touched my heart is the accompany and support from my familes till that very last moment!
I enter my court room 26 at 9am sharp and it was already full of people. My whole waiting and hearing process took me about 2 hours. I am not alone. There are at least about 40+ others just like me, turn by turn waiting for their hearing.
Advice & Information
1. If you are prepared to plead guility on the same day that you attend court, you will be sent to jail on the same day itself.
2. If you plead guilty on the same day that you attend court, try not to bring cash amount more than $300. As prison will only refund you back in cheque upon your release if your money declared exceed $300
3. Get yourself a full back plastic-made frame spectacle if you wear spectacle as prison do not allow you to wear other type of material-made spectacle frame. (You are only allowed to wear for the first 3 weeks of your lock-up)
4. Make sure you have a heavy lunch before you attend your final sentence as you will mostly be sent and reach CPC (Changi Prison Complex) in the late evening. Prison will only served breads for dinner at night.
As orderd, I arrived Court 10 at 2.30pm sharp for my final sentence. I was not alone, there were other 3 persons seating down at the waiting area, awaiting for their sentences.
Upon the arrival of the judge (Female/ Chinese/ Mid-Thirties). Everyone in the court stood up and make a bow then sat down again.
My offence commited is CBT (Criminal Beach Of Trust) was charged under section 408.
I plead guilty to the judge and was sentence 1 month jail term + $8000 fine (in default 4 weeks jail term) jail term, my total sentence is 1 month 4 weeks jail term as I couldn't payout the fine. But I still feel relieve as I was expecting 3months - 5months jail term. Soon I was being handcruffed by the officer, the first time in my whole life!
My mind is totally blank at that moment when I got handcruffed at that moment. I can strongly feel someone have feel hurt and tears dropping from their eyes at that very moment - My family members whom I have hurt and make them suffer!
Please think again before you commit a crime! In singapore, you can run but you cannot hide forever. When you commit a crimet, you are not only destroying and hurting yourself but you are also hurting all those whom have always shown love and concern to you even deeper! They are the ones suffering the most when you get caught and sentence in jail!
Chapter 1.3: The lock-up at Subordinate Court
Once the court are dismiss, I was escorted by the police officers to a side exit. I can only turn my head to my family to have my last look and goodbye through our eyes contact as I am not allow to communicate with them.
Being escorted, walking through a narrow passage then staircase, I came to the basement where the lock-up cell rooms are located. Walking in, I was bought to a room which there are others like me, being handcruffed and turn by turn, we surrender our belongings, checking height & weight, thumb-print (no signature allowed) some documents. I was later bought to one of the lock-up cell after done.
The lightings in the cellroom are dime and the walls are full of fingerprint markings. Its not stuffy as there are air-con. There was a toilet attached within the cell room but was doorless.
I was not alone in that cell room! There are about 20 other people (all ages, races include foreigners, some wearing normal clothes while some in remand prisoner's clothes = white t-shirt and brown long pants with transport jelly slippers) with me in that cell (about 350 sqf).
My mind was lost and nervous. i can feel there are eyes watching at me. I don't know what's coming next . I can only stand alone at one corner quietly observing the surronding. There are others who are like me. looking lost and nervous from their expression. Some Sitting down quietly on the floor while some chat with each other happily.
Soon I was approach by one of the cell mate (age about mid 40s, skinny, with tatoo on his right arm) and we start chatting. Hes a repeat convict (3rd timer) and I can say he is the one whom have relief me. He told me what will be coming and other infomation/ advices which I thought it is very useful to me when I reach CPC (Changi Prison Complex). He is being charged on drugs case. I was really surpised that the first offender i ever spoke to, is such a easy going and friendly guy which i have never expected to be!
Time pass slowly and soon one officer came and ordered us to get in-line of 2 rows. We did as what was being told. Thereafter, we were being escorted to another large empty room to have our legs shackled. With our hands cruffed and legs shackled, we were then being escorted to the carkpark and enter a prison vehicle. It can contained about 40 prisoners per vehicle. Interior are fully sealed, no windows! We sat down in orderly manner and I know we are on our way to the prison now!
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To be Continued