SINGAPORE - An 80-year-old jobless man who tried to kill his sister at the funeral wake of another sister more than two years ago was sentenced to five years' jail on Monday (Oct 8).
Chan Tuck Sing pleaded guilty in February to a charge of attempted culpable homicide for the attack on April 8, 2016.
In sentencing him on Monday, Justice Chua Lee Ming took into account the circumstances leading to the slashing, Chan's old age and that his risk of committing such an offence again was assessed to be low.
The sentence was backdated to April 9, 2016, when Chan was remanded into custody after giving himself up to the police.
Chan, who lived alone and had been unemployed for 15 years, used to get an allowance from his mother.
After his mother died in 2006, his younger sister, Madam Chan Sow Boey, gave him $510 a month, from a sum of money their mother had left her, the court heard.
On April 6, 2016, Sow Boey was found dead at her home.
Chan became worried about his livelihood, as his source of income had been cut off.
On the first day of her wake at the void deck of a block in Jurong West Street 41, he approached another sister, Sow Lin, who was 69, and asked if she would carry on giving him a monthly allowance, but she said no.
Chan spent the night thinking about the rejection and decided to kill Sow Lin.
The next morning, he wrapped a chopper in a T-shirt and put the bundle in his bag.
At the wake, he saw Sow Lin at a table with her 34-year-old son and an elderly woman who was there to pay her respects.
After giving the son some money to buy him coffee, in a bid to get him out of the way, Chan went up and started slashing Sow Lin with the chopper.
She grabbed a plastic chair to fend him off but he hacked at it, pulled it away from her and continued slashing her as she tried to move away.
It was only when a passer-by shouted that he dropped the chopper and fled.
Chan then washed the blood off himself and took three buses to Clementi police station, where he told three officers what he had done.
He was later assessed by psychiatrists to be suffering from an adjustment disorder which impaired his judgment and impulse control.