A British journalist living in Singapore has received a two-year jail sentence after being found guilty of possessing and using cocaine and methamphetamine, according to UPI.
Nigel Simmonds, the former editor of high-society magazine Singapore Tatler , was one of 14 people charged when Singapore police broke up an elite cocaine and party-drug ring in October. He was the first of the defendants to be sentenced.
Simmonds faced more than 10 years in prison, but Subordinate Court Judge FG Remedios handed down the minimum sentence.
The relatively short sentence followed a plea by Simmonds’ lawyers that his Japanese wife and four month old daughter, having no source of income, would have to leave the country if he were jailed.
Simmonds has lived in Singapore for 13 years and previously worked for another high-society magazine, The Expat .He also has worked for the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong.