SINGAPORE – A man who lied about not consummating his marriage to his wife in court was jailed for a week on Tuesday (December 22).
In fact, 25-year-old Daryl Lim Chun Leng had consensual sex with his 24-year-old Chinese wife Wang Ke Chen. Both had decided to lie about not having consummated their marriage in order to annul the marriage, as the cost of the procedure would be cheaper and both wanted to avoid having divorced status.
Lim, a Singaporean, pleaded guilty to one count of misrepresentation in a court of law.
Marital trouble six months after marriage
The couple married on January 19, 2017, but started having marital problems six months later, after Wang found out that Lim was having an affair.
In July of the same year, Lim suggested that Wang have their marriage annulled on the grounds that the marriage had not been consummated. He told Wang that the cancellation option was cheaper and that the two could avoid being “divorced.”
Lim also vowed to appear in front of Wang’s parents and help him with his future requests. Wang accepted the suggestion.
In fact, the two had had sex since their marriage. Investigations later revealed that they continued to have sex even after Lim initiated the cancellation and until it was made final in November 2017.
On July 19, 2017, Lim instructed the law firm Messrs Circular Law Chambers LLP to initiate annulment proceedings through subpoena. He filed several documents, including a statement that the marriage had not been consummated due to Wang’s willful refusal.
In one of her documents, Lim said: âOn the night of January 19, 2017, the parties returned home and the Complainant attempted to establish physical intimacy, but the Respondent voluntarily refused to consummate the relationship because she said she was “not in the mood”. and fell asleep straight away … “
Based on the false statement, a district judge issued an order on August 18, 2017 in family courts for a provisional judgment, stating that Lim had sufficiently proven the contents of the statement and that the marriage was declared void.
The abusive powers of the tribunal
Seeking a two-week prison term, Deputy Prosecutor (DPP) Jaime Pang said the offense had abused the court’s powers. He said the couple should have gone through the divorce route, but instead Lim was given legal rights and status he was not entitled to.
Lim’s attorney, Chong Xin Yi, pointed out the difficult circumstances of the marriage, including an incident in which the police were called. She did not give details of the incident, except that Lim had not made a police report.
She added that her client was “placed in an extremely difficult situation and desperately wanted to get out of it.” She also pointed to Lim’s youth at the time of the offense.
Asked by the judge about the status of the marriage, DPP Pang said he was not aware of a resolution, but that Wang had left Singapore for China for good.
For making a false statement in a court of law, Lim could have been jailed for up to two years and fined.
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