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More woes for Peter Lloyd – Australian faces three more drug charges in Singapore – Yahoo! Singapore News

Australian faces three more drug charges in Singapore – Yahoo! Singapore News.

SINGAPORE, July 25 – An Australian journalist already facing drug-related charges in Singapore that could see him caned and jailed, was slapped with three more drug offences on Friday, court documents showed.

Peter Lloyd, a 41-year old senior journalist with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation , looked nervous as he was read the fresh charges relating to drug consumption and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Singapore drug laws are among the world’s toughest and anyone caught carrying more than 15 grams of heroin, 30 grams of cocaine, 500 grams of cannabis or 250 grams of methamphetamines faces a mandatory death sentence by hanging.

Lloyd, who is out on S$60,000 bail, was swamped by journalists as he exited the courtroom. He is to appear in court next week to enter his plea.

“He is feeling great and he thanks all of you for your support,” his lawyer Tan Jee Ming told reporters outside court.

Lloyd already faces the possibility of a 20-year jail term and 15 strokes of the cane for possessing and selling methamphetamine, but new charges were added on Friday.

The additional charge of consumption carries a maximum penalty of a 10-year jail term and a S$20,000 fine, two charges of possessing drug paraphernalia carry a maximum punishment of three years in prison and a fine of S$10,000.

Lloyd was a New Dehli-based correspondent for ABC and on leave in Singapore receiving treatment for a serious eye infection when he was arrested, according to the network’s own reports.

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ABC journalist Peter Lloyd’s $45k bail | NEWS.com.au

ABC journalist Peter Lloyd’s $45k bail | NEWS.com.au.

ABC journalist and accused drug trafficker Peter Lloyd will shortly walk free from Singaporean custody after a judge ordered his release on $45,000 bail.

Lloyd faced court in person this afternoon where he was supported by a local lawyer, ABC news boss John Cameron and a friend.

The well-known journalist wore an orange prison jumpsuit and appeared thin and drawn, with his hands cuffed behind his back.

The judge took brief evidence from Lloyd’s Singaporean friend who said the foreign correspondent would be under his “charge and care” if released.

Mohamed Mazlee Bin Abdul Malik told the judge he had known the 41-year-old since mid-2007, and knew his family, wife and childen.

The judge granted Lloyd’s release with additional conditions that he report to police three times a week, and remain contactable to authorities.

It is understood Lloyd will be released from the Subordintae Court precinct as soon as the paperwork is completed.

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Peter Lloyd Aussie reporter goes to jail -itsReal


Australian reporter on Singapore drug charge moved to prison
Posted: 19 July 2008 1529 hrs

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ABC correspondent Peter Lloyd (Photo credit: ABC.com)

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SINGAPORE: An Australian television reporter charged with drug trafficking in Singapore has been moved from a local hospital to a prison medical facility, staff at the institutions said on Saturday.

Peter Gerard Lloyd, 41, was discharged from the Changi General Hospital, a hospital information staffer told AFP on Saturday.

Public enquiry officers from the prison service said Peter Gerard Lloyd was in the medical facility at the Changi Prison complex.

Lloyd, of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, is charged with trafficking about one gram (0.035 ounces) of methamphetamine to a Singaporean for S$100 (US$73.5) at a hotel early this month.

He also faces a second charge for allegedly being in possession of about one gram of the stimulant methamphetamine, also known as ‘ice’, at a local hospital.

A district judge and a police prosecutor were at Changi General Hospital on Friday afternoon to lay the charges on Lloyd, who is believed to be suffering from an eye infection.

A Central Narcotics Bureau spokeswoman told AFP that Lloyd has been offered bail and that his case will be next heard in court on Friday.

If convicted of the trafficking charge, Lloyd faces between five and 20 years’ imprisonment and five to 15 strokes of the cane.

An earlier Central Narcotics Bureau statement said investigations showed a 41-year-old Australian was the “supplier” to a Singaporean drug abuser arrested on Wednesday.

It did not name the Australian but said he was under investigation for trafficking a controlled drug.

The Australian was arrested and in the course of follow-up search, the officers recovered a packet of ‘ice’ weighing approximately 0.8 grams, one improvised smoking pipe and six syringes, the statement said.

Lloyd is on leave in Singapore from his posting in New Delhi, the director of ABC News, John Cameron, said on the network’s website.

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