Woman with bipolar disorder gets mandatory treatment order again for theft

SINGAPORE - Just 10 months after completing a Mandatory Treatment Order (MTO) for theft, an unemployed woman with a psychiatric condition found herself in court again.

On Thursday (Dec 15), Isabelle Lim Li Ing, 32, was given another one year MTO for theft.

Lim had pleaded guilty to stealing two Kate Spade card holders at The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands on Dec 24, 2015.

Another charge of dishonest misappropriation of a woman's wallet with various personal items was taken into consideration in sentencing.

A Community Court heard that Lim, then a bank administrative officer, was captured on CCTV footage loitering suspiciously at the Kate Spade New York outlet at MBS.

While at the outlet, she took a wristlet pouch and two Kate Spade card holders from a display table.

Ducking into a corner of the shop, she placed the two card holders, each valued at $90, into her shoulder bag. She then returned the wristlet pouch to the table before leaving the shop without paying.

The shop discovered the theft that evening during a stock check.

Police tracked Lim down and recovered one of the card holders. She has since made full restitution of $180 for the two items on Jan 20, 2016.

Lim was previously given an MTO in February 2015 for theft.

Her lawyer Rajan Supramaniam said his client, a business administration graduate who obtained good grades in school, was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2007 and admitted for treatment. Work problems and relationship issues had contributed to her medical condition.

In 2009, she was also treated for major depression and was given medication.

The lawyer said Lim has shown genuine remorse, shame and regret. She is aware of her psychiatric condition and accepts that she requires help and treatment. He said she is being treated for depression.

District Judge Mathew Joseph, who accepted the recommendation that Lim be given MTO, told her to comply with the medications and see a doctor regularly.

The maximum punishment for theft is three years' jail and a fine.