03 Aug '11, 3am

Broke after his wedding, he borrowed from 3 loansharks and was arrested after he became a runner to pay off his debts

SINGAPORE - A newly-married project manager, who became a loanshark runner, was jailed seven years and given 24 strokes of the cane after harassing 31 households and starting fires outside seven flats. After splurging on his wedding, Soh Hann Kwang (picture), 36, was almost broke and decided to borrow money from three different loansharks to make ends meet. Unable to settle his loans, he accepted an offer from one of the loansharks to be a runner to pay off his debts. Soh harassed 31 households around the island between June 1 and June 14. He also started fires outside seven of the units, usually near the front doors, to intimidate the occupants into settling their debts. Soh, who pleaded guilty to 13 charges, including 11 for loanshark harassment, was sentenced yesterday. Twenty other charges were taken into consideration. He was also disqualified from driving all classes...

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