Guilty, or not guilty ?
The prosecution has proven its case beyond a reasonable doubt and has satisfied all the ingredients of both charges, Singapore subordinate court judge Eddy Tham said in handing down his verdict Tuesday.
Buergin, 41, had pleaded not guilty with his lawyer arguing that the then 17-year-old girl and her pimp had conspired to deceive the Swiss national that she was 18.
Prosecutors, who have charged 51 men for sex with the prostitute, said the relevant Singapore law makes it an absolute liability offense.
Buergin could be jailed for as long as seven years and be fined for each charge.
Selva Naidu, Buergin’s lawyer had urged the judge to consider a shorter sentence in line with the other 18 men who have been jailed for as long as 16 weeks for sex with the same girl. Buergin hasn’t decided if he will appeal, Naidu said.
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