SINGAPORE - A 27-year-old man threatened to bomb the home of a woman who refused to be his girlfriend, and then attempted to rob a money changer, a court heard.
On Monday (Aug 1), Ng Chong Guan, who is unemployed and has mental illness and intellectual disability, was jailed for 12 months for a string of crimes.
He pleaded guilty to one charge each of criminal intimidation, unlawfully carrying a weapon, causing hurt, and using vulgarities on a public servant.
A district court heard that on Jan 23, Ng started threatening a 29-year-old friend who rejected his advances, via calls and text messages.
The next day, at about 6am, he sent her a message saying he would send someone to her home to "break" her head. Shortly after, he sent another message which read: "I will put a bomb at your house tonight".
The woman called the police at about 7.25am, saying she had received threatening calls and was afraid.
But at about 11.05am, Ng sent another message to his friend's phone saying: "... I call Mas Selamat bomb your house ... my gangster brother take a gun and shoot your friend and chop your friend into eight pieces and throw into the Kallang River...don't try to be funny with me I have two guns at home."
The next day, at about 3.20am, he sent her a message which read: "... Two parangs at my house ... I will chop you and throw you into the Kallang River; I love you so much yet you shout at me ..."
An hour later, he sent texted her saying he had a gun at home.
On Jan 25, at about 7.20am, the woman called the police again. This time, she reported that Ng was going to rob an employee of a money changer at Woodlands Centre Road that afternoon, armed with a knife.
Policemen conducted patrols in the area and spotted Ng at about 2.30pm. He had tucked a knife with a 13cm-long blade wrapped in newspaper into his right sock. He was arrested for unlawfully carrying a dangerous instrument.
On Jan 28, while he was working as a cleaner at FNA Group Building in Defu Lane 10, Ng also punched a security guard in the face twice.
The guard had seen Ng trying to take the lift at the loading and unloading bay, and told him that he was not authorised to enter the building.
The guard had minor injuries.
On Jan 15, at about 2.30pm, Ng hurled vulgarities at a policeman who checked his bag at a coffee shop, after police got a call saying that Ng was drunk.
While being escorted back to Ang Mo Kio Police Division Headquarters, Ng continued using vulgarities at the escorting policemen, and challenged one of the officers to a fight.
In mitigation, Ng's pro bono lawyer Justin Yu told the court that Ng has a mild intellectual quotient (IQ).
He was first seen at the Institute of Mental Health's Child Guidance Clinic in Sept 1996, after he set fire to his house. He was then assessed to have an IQ score of 40, with moderate intellectual disability, and also diagnosed with psychosis and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
Ng also has anti-social personality disorder and is prone to recurrent aggression and impulsive acts. He was exempted from National Service.
"From before the age of 15, (Ng) was truant, committed arson, stole and showed cruelty to animals. After the age of 15, (he) continued to commit crimes resulting in his arrest, engaged in repeated lying, demonstrated impulsivity and inappropriate risk-taking, recurrent aggression and irritability, and an inability to sustain consistent work," said Mr Yu.
The lawyer also told the court that Ng is the sole breadwinner and looks after his aged parents who are unable to work. His father is diabetic with limited mobility, while his mother suffers from mental illness.
Ng was originally charged with attempted armed robbery, which carries a penalty of two to seven years' jail, with at least 12 strokes of the cane, but later had his charge reduced.