Sheng Siong kidnapping: Accused asked to be given death penalty in letter to court

Sales executive Lee Sze Yong was sentenced to life imprisonment with three strokes of the cane for kidnapping the elderly mother of Sheng Siong supermarket boss in January 2014. In a letter to the court, Lee had asked to be given the death penalty.
Lee Sze Yong (in red) was brought back to Sembawang Park for police investigations on Jan 1, 2014.
Lee Sze Yong (in red) was brought back to Sembawang Park for police investigations on Jan 1, 2014. PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - Sales executive Lee Sze Yong was sentenced to life imprisonment on Thursday (Dec 1) after he was found guilty of kidnapping the elderly mother of Sheng Siong supermarket boss Lim Hock Chee in January 2014.

Lee, 44, was also given three strokes of the cane.

In a handwritten three-page letter to the court, Lee had asked to be given the death penalty instead of "deprivation of liberty for the rest of my life".

"I had ruined my life. By dying, I hope that I have repaid my debt and to be at peace," he wrote.