Singapore-based creative Stuart Mills sentenced to a week in prison for punching security guard

Singapore based ad-industry creative Stuart Mills was sentenced to a week in prison yesterday for punching a security guard in April this year. The prison term was significantly less than the maximum sentence for an offence of this sort, which could have been as much as two years in jail and a fine of S$5000.

Through the trial, it was revealed that Mills had made a voluntary contribution of S$2,000 to the victim of the assault – Andrew Lim. This was to cover Lim’s medical expenses, which stood at over S$1,000 and a replacement for his prescription glasses that were broken in the course of the altercation.

Mills’ lawyer Ramesh Tiwary said that his client had been subsequently diagnosed with a “major depressive disorder” and was “utterly remorseful for what he had done”, according to media reports of the trial. Tiwary also alleged that his client had received “hate mail” with the most recent of these messages arriving two weeks ago.

While the deputy public prosecutor Vincent Ong pushed for a two week prison sentence, Tiwary gunned for a shorter term or a fine.

A permanent resident of Singapore and married to a Singaporean, Mills is the owner of The Creative Mills. His last job before going the entrepreneurial route was as global creative director at TBWA Singapore. He left the agency in May 2018.

Having worked across the UK and Australia, Mills began the Asia-leg of his career joining Ogilvy Singapore in 2005.

He later worked for Phibious in Vietnam, Bates CHI Singapore as a freelance creative director and at Cheil in Korea, before moving back to Singapore to join TBWA in 2017.


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