Treatment order for woman who hit parents

A 33-year-old woman, who assaulted her parents in their Toa Payoh North home and abused four police officers with vulgar language when they arrived at the flat, was sentenced to a two-year mandatory treatment order (MTO) yesterday.

Cheryl Sng Yu Qin also snatched and tore up a statement that Staff Sergeant Gerald Ng Yong Sheng was taking from her mother about the incident in May last year.

Sng pleaded guilty last month in a district court to three charges related to assaulting her mother, using abusive words on Staff Sgt Ng and obstructing him from performing his duties.

Two separate assault charges involving both parents and three charges of verbally abusing three other police officers were taken into consideration during sentencing.

Recounting the May 11 incident in court, Deputy Public Prosecutor Tan Zhongshansaid Sng's 68-year-old father called the police at 6.40pm in the midst of a row between his daughter and her 59-year-old mother.

When Staff Sgt Ng arrived with another police officer and approached the older woman to find out what happened, Sng suddenly struck her mother's back with her left hand.

Staff Sgt Ng asked Sng what she was doing and she replied: "I am hitting my mum."

Sng became agitated and hurled obscenities at the police officer as he tried to calm her down.

She also refused to give her personal particulars.

Staff Sgt Ng then asked her to go to her room to calm down and she complied.

But when Sng heard the officer obtaining her personal particulars from her mother, she marched out of her room, snatched the statement from him and tore it up, the court heard.

Last month, Sng's lawyer, Ms Muntaz Zainuddin, asked District Judge Ong Hian Sun to call for a report to assess her client's suitability for an MTO .

But Ms Muntaz did not disclose any details about Sng's mental condition.

Offenders given an MTO will receive treatment for their mental condition instead of jail time.

The order can be revoked if they fail to heed the conditions of their treatment.

Sng could have been jailed for up to two years and fined up to $5,000 for assault.

She could have been jailed for up to a year and fined up to $5,000 for verbally abusing a police officer.

Shaffiq Alkhatib

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 17, 2018, with the headline Treatment order for woman who hit parents. Subscribe