ABC foreign correspondent Peter Lloyd has been sentenced to 10 months in a Singapore prison after being caught in possession of a small amount of methamphetamine or “ice” in the island state famous for its hardline stance against drugs.
Lloyd had pleaded guilty to three drugs charges including possessing the drug ice.
He will be taken to Singapore’s Changi prison.
Lloyd, 41, was composed as he learned of his fate according to The Age.
Earlier, his lawyer had told the court that Lloyd wanted to be reunited with his nine-year-old son, who is seriously ill.
The trafficking charge carried a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and 15 strokes of a rattan cane, an excruciatingly painful punishment.
His lawyer, Hamidul Huq, has previously expressed the view that Lloyd, who was on $60,000 bail, would get a prison sentence of one year.
Lloyd was handcuffed and taken to Changi prison after saying goodbye to his distressed former wife.
Prior to his arrest he was expected to co-host ABC News Breakfast on ABC2.
Source: The Age