Court troubled by psychiatrist’s ‘cavalier’ attitude in linking woman's disorder to her offences

The High Court appeal involved the 20-year-old Hannah Ho Mei Xia, who had been sentenced to 21 weeks' jail by a district judge in 2017.
The High Court appeal involved the 20-year-old Hannah Ho Mei Xia, who had been sentenced to 21 weeks' jail by a district judge in 2017.PHOTO: ST FILE

It undermines his assessment of woman's disorder for her appeal

The High Court took issue with a private psychiatrist for his "cavalier" attitude towards the truth, which undermined the credibility of his assessment of a woman appealing against her jail terms for three charges, including that of biting a police officer.

Justice See Kee Oon, in explaining why he dismissed the appeal of Hannah Ho Mei Xia, said he was "not persuaded" that the persistent depressive disorder (PDD) she had been diagnosed with had caused or contributed to her committing the offences.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 12, 2019, with the headline 'Court troubled by psychiatrist's 'cavalier' attitude towards truth'. Print Edition | Subscribe