Friday, July 28, 2006

David Hooi pleads guilty

Thank you to Otterman who sent me this :-

Straits Times July 27, 2006
Bedok serial cat abuser pleads guilty

DAVID Hooi Yin Weng, the Bedok serial cat torturer, was back in court on Thursday, pleading guilty to abusing a four-month-old stray.

Hooi made his first appearance before the new Community Court - after he had been charged and sent for psychiatric assessment.

Nearly five months ago, the 42-year-old was given three months' jail for beating a kitten on the head, which had to be put down. At the time, he had told the judge then that he had made a 'mistake' and would not do it again.

But on June 27, he was arrested again for animal abuse. Police had received a complaint from 40-year-old Ms Sharifah Khamis, who handed over an ill-treated animal with swollen eyes, a bloodstained mouth and broken teeth.

Ms Sharifah was part of a group of people in Bedok who took turns to patrol the neighbourhood every evening to catch the man they suspected of torturing and killing the area's stray cats.

In court on Thursday, the unemployed man admitted torturing a four-month-old male cat by hitting its head repeatedly, breaking its tooth and causing swellings in both eyes.

He had picked up the cat at Block 532, Bedok North Street 3, at about 3am on June 26 and and taken it to his home in Block 544.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Ravneet Kaur said he allowed the animal to roam freely around his flat.

Several hours later, after he realised the cat had urinated on his bed, he hit it four times and locked it in the toilet. As the cat was making noises from the toilet, he opened the door, upon which the cat ran out, jumped on the bed and urinated again.

He hit the animal another four times, which left it unable to walk properly. That night, he took the cat to the void deck, where he was arrested.

The abused animal had to be put down. Apart from his cat abuse offences, Hooi had been convicted of seven thefts since 1978.

In 1990, he was given five years' corrective training for mischief by fire, and six years later sentenced to seven years' preventive detention for mischief and theft.

Hooi pleaded to the court to give him another chance. 'I will not kill any more cats,' he said. District Judge Bala Reddy said an Institute of Mental Health psychiatrist had diagnosed him as suffering from anti-social personality disorder.

Effective treatment for this disorder is limited, he added.

He postponed sentencing to Aug 28 for a prison psychologist to prepare a report on how Hooi might be treated.


Anonymous E_Cat said...

anti-social personality disorder is marked by behaviors such as drug taking, etc.

David would be better diagnosed as having psychopathy and I'm sure the prisons psychologist can detect that can give him appropriate treatment in prison.

Finally, they see the need to sent him for evaluation. I believe CWS earlier letter did impact on this case alot.

28/7/06 11:07 AM  
Anonymous E_cat said...

here's an additional link on Psychopahty

28/7/06 11:12 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Thanks for the link E_cat.

28/7/06 11:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thanks, Dawn, for posting this article.

after reading it and the link on antisocial personality disorder, i wld say in all objectivity that he shld be put away for a long time, if not the rest of his life.

based on his priors, it is clear that he is unable to conduct himself in a manner that enables him to contribute meaningfully to society. cat abuse is just one of many manifestations of his illness.

it is also interesting that the court has in both reported prior instances gone beyond its usual jurisdiction of imposing fine and imprisonment and used both corrective training as well as prevetive detention with him.

given this history and the fact that the second instance of kitten abuse comes so soon after the first, i think the court will be hard pressed to come up with an appropriate punishment. in this, i am happy that the case has come before Judge Bala Reddy in the community court. he has shown himself to be capable of clever and creative sentencing decisions in the past. this judge knows how to think outside the box and has the ability to separate the woods from the trees and substance from form.

in other words, i think there is hope that david hooi will finally get the sentence that will help him and society as well as keep our community cats safe from his behaviour.

i know this is not the usual cat-related post but jus thought i wld share my views. :)

28/7/06 11:19 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Thank you for sharing Anonymous - and I am very happy there is a new Community Court too.

28/7/06 11:24 AM  
Blogger calsifer said...

How much weight do pleas carry with judges when they deliberate sentences?

This time, we read: "Hooi pleaded to the court to give him another chance. 'I will not kill any more cats,' he said."

The first time we read: "Pleading for leniency, Hooi said he made a 'mistake' and would not do it again."

Deja vu, much?

I really hope we see an effective sentence/solution.

28/7/06 1:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't believe this man any more. Only a fool will believe him.

He pleaded guilty the last time and he said he will turn over a new leaf. But, what happened?

I hope the court is not easily fooled by him again. Please take stern action against him. Justice must be done for the poor innocent kitten that he killed.

Now, it's the seventh month. The soul of that kitten will haunt him forever. He better watch out.

30/7/06 12:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

certainly the judge will not take what he says at face value, especially taking into account his priors.

i only hope that the sentence will be somethg that will make a difference to the situation. punishment side, it sounds like hooi needs help with his psychiatric condition. it's no use slapping him on the wrist with a light sentence and allowing him out to reoffend again. its the poor kittens who will pay the price if the justice system doesn't do its job of balancing between punishment, deterrence and rehabilitation.

30/7/06 11:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

don't be fooled by him again. This time, the court better be smart.

Lock him up in IMH. He needs medical treatment, counselling and put behind bars for a long long time. Lock him up until he turns mouldy.

2/8/06 6:02 PM  

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