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Hour Glass co-founder Jannie Chan given 2-week suspended jail term


Prominent businesswoman Jannie Chan, 72, was given a two-week suspended jail term yesterday for flouting a court order by sending her former husband hundreds of allegedly defamatory e-mails.

It was the third time Chan's ex-husband Henry Tay, 73, has pursued contempt of court proceedings against her.

He dropped the case the first time after she apologised, and she was fined $30,000 the second time.

The couple, who co-founded luxury watch retailer The Hour Glass, ended their 41-year marriage in 2010.

Yesterday, the High Court sentenced her to two weeks' jail for her latest breach but suspended the prison term for a year, provided that she stops sending Dr Tay e-mails, she continues to undergo psychiatric treatment once a month and she keeps her ex-husband updated about each session.

If she complies with the conditions within the year, she does not need to serve any jail time.

If she fails to comply, Dr Tay can go to court to lift the suspension, which means Chan could end up in jail.

Dr Tay first filed a lawsuit against Chan in 2014 for sending him 1,260 e-mails between November 2013 and September 2014, which, he alleged, were defamatory or amounted to harassment.

Throughout the proceedings, multiple court orders were issued to restrain Chan from defaming Dr Tay and harassing him by sending him e-mails without his consent.

But she repeatedly flouted the orders.

The latest breach involves nearly 500 e-mails sent between March last year and February and between April and this month.

Chan appeared in court last month to explain the e-mails.

She said they were mainly to update her ex-husband about matters relating to their daughter, Audrey, and Audrey's children, and the companies owned by her and Dr Tay.

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