TWO CURIOUS CASES OF CULPABLE HOMICIDES IN S’PORE WITH DRASTICALLY DIFFERENT OUTCOMES

“A Belgian expatriate who suffocated his five-year-old son at his Leedon Heights apartment amid a bitter custody battle with his estranged French wife was on Monday (Aug 22) jailed five years..

The charge was later amended to the lesser offence of culpable homicide as he was assessed to be suffering from major depressive disorder, which substantially impaired his judgment.

Judicial Commissioner Hoo Sheau Peng said the sentence is consistent with precedent cases.”

http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/courts-crime/belgian-expat-jailed-5-years-for-killing-son

THE CASE OF SINGLE MOTHER REBECCA LOH

“First diagnosed with schizophrenia in 2006, Loh, a single mother, had been living with her mother, believed to be 65, and son in a West Coast Road flat.
Gabriel suffered from a host of medical conditions related to his liver that left him jaundiced and with brittle bones.

She was sentenced to the maximum of 10 years in jail for culpable homicide. The judge said he agreed with Deputy Public Prosecutor Eugene Lee, who had called for a long jail term, “to allow for her to be properly treated and rehabilitated”.

http://news.asiaone.com/news/crime/mum-gets-maximum-10-years-jail-causing-sons-death

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