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Cabby gets 20 years' jail for dousing girlfriend with petrol and setting her on fire

Published on Jan 27, 2014 4:22 PM
 
The gate and door of the Sengkang flat were badly burned in the fire. A 45-year-old cabby, who killed his former girlfriend by dousing her with petrol and setting her alight after she refused to get back together, was on Monday sentenced to 20 years in prison. -- FILE PHOTO: SHIN MIN

A 45-year-old cabby, who killed his former girlfriend by dousing her with petrol and setting her alight after she refused to get back together, was on Monday sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Lim Ghim Peow had pleaded guilty on Jan 13 to culpable homicide not amounting to murder. His victim, Ms Mary Yoong Mei Ling, 43, suffered burns on 75 per cent of her body after the attack at her aunt's Sengkang flat in May 2012. She died 14 hours later in hospital.

Handing down the sentence, Judicial Commissioner Tan Siong Thye said the killing was "heinous" and warranted a long jail term because of the level of pre-meditation involved. He said the public needed to be protected from Lim's quick temperedness and "violent disposition", noting that he had devised the plan in a "cold, conscientious" manner.

Lim had a rocky relationship with Ms Yoong, who was once jailed in China for human trafficking. The duo, who were both divorced, started a relationship in September 2008. After their relationship turned rocky in 2011 and Lim slapped her after a row, she broke up with him and moved out for good. He persistently begged for a reconciliation but she refused. Lim told her in text messages that he would not leave her alone even if he became a ghost.

 
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