A boy who killed for Anthony Ler and a mother's anguish

Mother of Z, who killed a woman in 2001 at the instigation of her estranged husband Anthony Ler, hopes for clemency

Mrs Dorcas Lee with a picture of her son, Z. She remembered how her son had brought back a sick bird to nurse till well and released it, and how he cried when his hamster died.
Mrs Dorcas Lee with a picture of her son, Z. She remembered how her son had brought back a sick bird to nurse till well and released it, and how he cried when his hamster died.ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI

Several years ago, Mrs Dorcas Lee was at a columbarium to pay respects to her mother, whose ashes were kept there. But it was a name on another niche that caused her to break into tears.

"My heart broke, and a deep anguish swept through me as a mother," Mrs Lee said. The niche belonged to Ms Annie Leong, the woman Mrs Lee's son had killed on May 14, 2001, a day after Mother's Day. He was then 14 years old.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on April 01, 2018, with the headline 'A boy who turned killer and a mother's anguish'. Print Edition | Subscribe