Audrey Tay May Li, whose parents set up luxury watch-store The Hour Glass, has pleaded guilty for drug abuse several times in two years, which she once saw for a psychiatric assessment in an intoxicated state.
The drug addiction of the PR advisor, now 45, came to light in 2015 after the car on which she drove and overthrew a traffic light pole.
Tay was arrested after he admitted to a policeman that she had taken ketamine medication prior to the incident.
While free on bail, she resumed drug use and found out that she failed in a urine test.
Yesterday, Tay pleaded guilty of three drug-related charges and another accusation of driving without prudence and caution after her traffic accident.
Another five charges, all drug-related, will be taken into account during her conviction at a later date.
Deputy public prosecutor Carene Poh told the court that at 9:00 pm on 27 August 2015 Tay had gone to a Thai restaurant in Orchard Towers.
While she was in the women's toilet, a transsexual person named "Jeri" offered her "something to relax", and made two lines with the powdered medicine on the toilet seat, DPP Poh said.
Knowing that the powder was "K" – the street name for ketamine – Tay sniffed the first line of powder and "Jeri" followed, DPP continued Poh. Tay then left the restaurant to meet a friend.
As she drove past Newton Road, her car drove on a curb, collided with the central dividing line of the road, and then hit a post of the traffic light, blocking the road and blocking a three-lane road on the other side.
When police officers and paramedics were present at Tay, they noticed that her speech was unclear and her eyes widened. She was arrested after she had admitted to using ketamine.
While he was on bail, Tay took drugs last year, DPP Poh said.
On October 10 of that year she appeared in a drunken state because of her psychiatric assessment at the Institute of Mental Health.
She tested positive for ketamine and benzodiazepines during a urine test and later admitted she used drugs twice a week, after having relapsed about two months earlier.
She last used ketamine on 9 October in the toilet of a gas station in Bukit Timah Road when her driver stopped to refuel.
Tay & # 39; s mother, prominent businesswoman Jannie Chan, was present at the hearing.
Chan, 72, faces a two-week prison sentence for disdain by the court. In April, the High Court had ordered that the sentence be enforced after she had failed to comply with a court order that prevented her from slandering and harassing her former husband, Dr. Henry Tay, 73. Her judgment is awaiting her appeal to the Court of Appeal.
Chan told reporters after the hearing that her daughter had a post-traumatic stress disorder due to an incident several years ago.
Tay is currently on bail of $ 50,000.
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