Mental illness is no excuse for dangerous driving

In Uncategorized on 13/01/2017 at 7:10 am

Taz what I tot when I read in today’s ST

A man was charged in court on Thursday (Jan 12) with driving a car in a dangerous manner along the Ayer Rajah Expressway (AYE) at about 1.40am on Jan 5.

Brandon Ng Hai Chong, 30, allegedly drove against the flow of traffic.

His lawyer, Mr Luke Lee, told District Judge Carol Ling that his client has a medical condition and has been diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome.

He said Ng had also been diagnosed with depression and is regularly seeing a psychiatrist.

The lawyer added that prior to this current case, his client had been sent to jail and had also been put on probation.

However, he did not mention the nature of Ng’s earlier convictions.

And guy still allowed to drive? He could be another Lim Chai Heng?

It was not an excuse to drive a Mercedes Benz against the flow of traffic, killing and injuring others in “lesser”* cars. Someone by the name of Adrian Tan said on Facebook that using a Mercedes in this way was like firing an assault rifle into a crowded room.

The son of Lim Chai Heng said his father was depressed, and apologised.

Let’s recap the facts.

A 53-year-old businessman, Lim Chai Heng was initially charged by the police on Dec 20 for an offence of Rash Act Causing Death (The charge was a holding charge so that he could be detained while the police decided whether to charge him with a more serious offence, say murder). He drove a Mercededs Benz against the flow of traffic.

On Jan 3 the charge was amended. He is now accused of committing culpable homicide when he drove his Mercedes Benz against the flow of traffic along AYE and hit Mr Liong Kuo Hua’s car at 8.02am on Dec 19, 2016. The maximum penalty for culpable homicide is 10 years’ jail and a fine.

He is remanded for psychiatric evaluation at Complex Medical Centre in Changi Prison until Jan 24.

As his son was sitting beside him , I hope the police investigate the son in an ice-cold interrogation room: why he allow his dad to do what he did? Want to win “Most filial son” award isit?

What the Mercedes Benz driver did:

Lim, who was driving a silver Mercedes car at high speed against traffic flow during morning rush hour, had crashed into several other vehicles, killing media personality Liong Kuo Hwa, 37, and leaving three others – excluding Lim himself – seriously injured.

The trail of destruction saw four cars, one motorcycle and one private bus wrecked, and the wall of the expressway before the Tuas West Road exit severely damaged.



No defence for physical abuse

Well the son should by now realise that in another case,

Despite the accused’s claims that her obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) led her to starve her Filipino maid, a judge on Thursday (Dec 22) ruled that Chong Sui Foon’s preoccupation with cleanliness would not have led her to restrict the quantity of food given to the victim.

District Judge Low Wee Ping was delivering his findings on whether Chong’s mental condition was linked to her committing the offence, and which would have a bearing on her sentencing to be meted out in February.


ST also reported

In March, Chong and her husband, Lim Choon Hong, both 48, were found guilty of starving Ms Thelma Oyasan Gawidan, causing her weight to drop from 49kg to 29kg within 15 months.

Lim, a freelance trader, faces one charge under the Employment of Foreign Manpower Act, which requires employers to be responsible for the maintenance of their foreign employees, including providing them with adequate food. Chong faces one count of abetting her husband in committing the offence.

Glancing at ST reports of court cases, one gets the impression that a specialist can be conjured up to come up with some sort of mental illness for any person on trial. The exception was Amos Yee but then he didn’t have the money for a lawyer didn’t he? The lawyers representing him were doing pro bono work. So he couldn’t afford to pay for a mental health specialist to say that he had a mental illness.

Or maybe Amos is a cheap-skate. He claimed to have made millions from his videos.


*One Ivan Gan posted: “I think Mercedes is safer. At least kill other driver, I am safe inside. Good killing machine. Just pay few K fine and free again.”

“We Mercedes driver has right to drive in any direction we prefer. Other driver must give way to us Merc driver. “Other driver just go back suck thumb inside your piece of junk. Haha.”

After he got whacked on Facebook, he too used the depression excuse1

Ivan Goh should join Lim in Woodbridge.





































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































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