An unemployed man who posed as a doctor and gave sleeping tablets to a woman before stealing her things was jailed for two years on Monday.
Oh Koon Shin, 52, had pleaded guilty to administering a stupefying drug to retiree Ching Sui Nai, 62, with the intent to steal her property amounting to $222 at Jurong Polyclinic at Jurong East Avenue 1 on Dec 29 last year.
A district court heard that Madam Ching was at the polyclinic to see a doctor when Oh approached her and said he was a specialist. He gave her four blue coloured tablets and convinced her to take them. Oh approached her again when she was queuing to get her medication and offered to pay and collect the medication for her.
He then gave her another four pills. She felt drowsy after taking them. Oh was then seen rummaging through her bag and removing a ring from her finger. A polyclinic staff alerted her colleague about Oh behaving suspiciously.
A day before, there had been an incident where an elderly woman's necklace was stolen by a man after she was given two blue coloured pills to take. Oh was subsequently arrested.
District Judge Eddy Tham, who took a similar charge and one of fraudulent possession into consideration, said Oh administered the stupefying drug with no regard for the possible adverse consequences of the victims.
He said Oh had targeted victims who were elderly, and therefore, vulnerable. A deterrent sentence was called for to protect this group of people, he added.