SINGAPORE: The verdict of the controversial Brompton bikes case is expected to be delivered on May 29. This was made known in court on Tuesday during the hearing of the case involving a former National Parks Board assistant director, who has chosen not to give evidence on the stand.
The change of position comes after the defence previously indicated that 42-year-old Bernard Lim Yong Soon will be testifying in court.
Bernard Lim is fighting two counts of providing false information to officers from the Ministry of National Development (MND), who were conducting an internal audit into NParks' purchase of 26 Brompton bikes between June and July 2012.
Bernard Lim, who was overseeing the purchase, had allegedly denied being a friend of Mr Lawrence Lim Chun How, the director of BikeHop Singapore, which had won the tender to supply the bikes. He also allegedly abetted Mr Lawrence Lim to provide the same false information to the auditors.
In court on Tuesday, District Judge Marvin Bay said since the defence was not calling any witness to the stand, the defence's case is closed.
Parties have agreed to a four-week adjournment to prepare their submissions.
The written submissions will be exchanged on May 15 and replies to those arguments are expected to be tendered to the court on May 22, before Judge Bay delivers the verdict, expected on May 29.
The maximum punishment for providing false information or abetting someone to provide false information is a jail term of one year and a S$5,000 fine. - CNA/ac
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