Australian TV Man Jailed in Singapore

SINGAPORE ~ An Australian television correspondent was jailed 10 months by a Singapore court on Tuesday for drug offences.

Peter Lloyd, 42, New Delhi-based correspondent for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, pleaded guilty to all three charges.

Judge Hamidah Ibrahim sentenced Lloyd to eight months for possessing the stimulant methamphetamine and another eight months for consuming it. The sentences are to run concurrently.

He was charged with possessing 0.41 grams of the stimulant, also known as “ice.”

Lloyd received an additional two months in jail for possessing drug paraphernalia stained with ketamine, an anaesthetic which police say has become common at dance parties.

Lloyd’s reaction to the sentence could not be immediately determined because he stood with his back to the public gallery. His ex-wife broke down in tears and had to be consoled by a friend.

The television reporter has been free on bail but his jail sentence was to begin on Tuesday.

His lawyer, Hamidul Haq, said earlier that Lloyd had expressed remorse.

He was arrested while on holiday in Singapore on July 16.

Singapore’s attorney general last month withdrew a charge of trafficking 0.15 grams of methamphetime against Lloyd. The offence carried a prison term of between five and 20 years behind bars and five to 15 strokes of the cane.

Singaporean sales executive Sani Saidi, 31, was sentenced in August to 10 months’ jail after pleading guilty to possessing 0.15 grams of methamphetamine which he admitted having bought from Lloyd.

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