Man gets one year and four weeks in prison for threatening adoptive mother with a knife, Courts & Crime News & Top Stories
SINGAPORE – A 22-year-old man was issued a Personal Protection Order (PPO) against him by his adoptive mother, but that didn’t stop him from threatening her with a knife when she refused to give him 5 $ 000.
Fearing for her life, the victim claimed to comply with Loh Soon Fatt’s request to mortgage her apartment for the money, then alerted the police.
Loh was sentenced to one year and four weeks in prison on Wednesday October 6.
The latest incident was Loh’s third time in breach of the OPP issued against him in March 2016.
Last year he harassed his 58-year-old foster mother as she tried to sleep, and in another incident he kicked her when she refused to give him money to get a driving license.
He was then sentenced to a two-week detention order, which means being held in prison but without a criminal record.
On Wednesday, Loh pleaded guilty to one count of criminal intimidation and one count of the OPP offense.
He was also convicted of two counts of methamphetamine abuse.
Three other drug-related charges were considered in sentencing.
On February 7 of this year, the victim was in his apartment in Bedok North when Loh barged in with clenched fists demanding $ 5,000 to pay his bills.
He threatened to kill her when she told him that she had no money because she “didn’t earn much”.
Loh then told her to mortgage her apartment, which the victim claimed to consent to because she feared he would harm her.
She then made a police report.
It is not known if Loh was under the influence of drugs when he threatened his mother.
Seeking a one-year and four to six-week prison term, Deputy Attorney General Lai Yan said Loh was “not discouraged” since he had once again violated the OPP.
The maximum penalty for a second or subsequent conviction for a violation of a OPP is a fine of up to $ 5,000 and imprisonment for one year.
For criminal intimidation, Loh could have been jailed for up to two years and fined.