Tuesday, September 12, 2006

David Hooi sentenced

I've been told David Hooi has just been sentenced to a year's jail term. The judge has also asked that welfare groups help rehabilitate him when he comes out.

While the welfare groups would be happy I am sure to help in whatever way that we can, we do also want to ensure that he gets the right kind of rehabilitation - and that is the sort of rehabilitation that only a mental health professional can provide.

19 Comments:

Blogger calsifer said...

I think this clearly indicates that the Community Court absatively has no idea about the what/when/where/how/why of "a problem-solving … approach, using all the tools the community has" with regards to animal crimes.

I am sorely disappointed.

12/9/06 5:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

indeed he needs help on several levels.

while the SPCA, CWS, and other aninal welfare grps can work on improving his animal appreciation skills, he needs help with his other problems. if i recall correctly, the psychiatrist said that people with his condition were also prone to other anti-social habits such as shoplifting and arson.

i hope the authorities will act as a coordinating party to oversee his rehabilitation process.

for now i suppose we shld be happy he has been put away for much longer than the original sentence and that the court actually has an inkling that post incarceration follow-up is needed.

12/9/06 5:31 PM  
Blogger calsifer said...

Rehab should begin now, not get shunted until he's done his time, because he may get caught again before the rehab start taking effect if rehab is kept off until he's out. So why not start the rehab now? It's mind-boggling to want to waste the time!

12/9/06 5:36 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Well Calsifer - I do hope they do that while he's in prison and that he does get some form of counselling while he's in there. Perhaps they mean that they'd like us to help after he comes out in addition to what they will do in prison.

12/9/06 5:51 PM  
Anonymous veganmeow said...

Finally some good news...now let's hope that the other killer will get his sentence increased. The thought of him being deported to Malaysia... a vast country where he will be able to continue his killings unrecognized... is even worse.

12/9/06 6:14 PM  
Anonymous Aminah Bee said...

Hallelujah! Hip Hip Hooray! This is the best news I heard -
David Hooi, Bedok serial cat killer sentenced to a year in jail. Hope this news would deter others from abusing animals.
Unfortunately the jail sentence does not include a heavy fine of $10,000 and multiple strokes of rotan caning. The pain he gets from caning would remind him of pain he inflicted on those helpless cats.

Let's hope the other serial cat killer in Old Airport Road get a harsher jail sentence.
Please sign to this petition for stiffer sentence for Old Airport Road cat killer Wong Geng Thong at this website
http://www.PetitionOnline.com/killer75/

12/9/06 8:46 PM  
Blogger KXBC said...

The best rehabilitation method is something called the rotan. A few whips and I am sure he will never ever abuse any living thing again when he is out of jail. Pity our courts are too soft on this type of offenders.

They (the offenders) are also lucky I have no aspiration to take up law.

Dawn, do you know of any Singapore judge who actually have a pet and treat it like it is part of the family? If none does, maybe that's why the sentence is so (hmmm, how should I put it) inappropriate.

12/9/06 11:30 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Actually I believe our first Chief Justice had a cat, and our second a dog. I have also been told that our current CJ has cats.

I think the problem right now is that the law basically only allows for fine and/or jail. Maybe it's time for the legislature to look into it and change the law again to allow for more creativity in sentencing and more emphasis on for example, proper counselling and rehabilitation. Of course that does bring up the question of whether we do have enough trained mental health professionals to handle this as well.

12/9/06 11:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I find that the heavy sentence is just to show that the justice system is "doing its job" and address pressure from groups such as CWS and SPCA for a heavy sentence. My question is sentencing a mentally disturbed person to a long sentence only increases his mental disorder. What he needs is serious medical care and should be locked up in IMH not Changi. And saying that hopes that he will recieve rehab from welfare groups, is he referring to CWS? I think he will more likely habour great hatrd towards cats than be rehab. Changi isn't exactly medical facility for the mentally ill. The guy who should really get a longer sentence is the old airport road killer who actually traps cats to kill. I urge CWS to not let a mentally disturbed man serve a long sentence just to set an example to cat abusers

12/9/06 11:52 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

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12/9/06 11:56 PM  
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12/9/06 11:57 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Hi Anonymous, I think we should clarify that we're not the ones asking that he be sent in for a longer time to jail. In fact when we were first asked about this, we said that we felt this person should be given some form of counselling or treatment - and I still feel that very strongly. I agree - if he has a mental disorder, I don't see how jail time alone is going to help if no therapy and treatment are given. I agree with you that IMH would be a better place for him if he has a mental disorder - but then again we're not the ones sentencing him.

As you said, welfare groups can't rehabilitate him - and that's something I mentioned in my original post. He needs the help of a trained mental health professional.

13/9/06 12:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Although CWS does not do the sentencing, one cannot deny that there has been online petitions calling for a heavy sentence for David Hooi. Apologies if I misunderstood. I always thought that SPCA and CWS were calling for a heavier sentence. Perhaps CWS can write to forum as it always has to call for medical treatment instead of heavy sentencing. CWS and cats seems to be very much the hottest topic in the news nowsdays. It is just not fair a mentally disturbed man is serving a sentence for what we all can see is to serve as an example

13/9/06 12:01 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

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13/9/06 12:07 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Hi Anonymous - the petitions weren't started by us but by other concerned citizens who felt that he should have a stronger sentence. We also did write in and ask that he be counselled - and I believe that it said he was given counselling in prison.

13/9/06 12:09 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

PS If you followed the earlier discussions about this, I think you may have read that one reason I said that he may not have gotten the counselling that he needs is that I think we may not have enough counsellors. I know social workers are swamped - and I believe counsellors and mental health professionals may be as well.

13/9/06 12:12 AM  
Blogger auntie p said...

Anonymous said...
I find that the heavy sentence is just to show that the justice system is "doing its job" and address pressure from groups such as CWS and SPCA for a heavy sentence. My question is sentencing a mentally disturbed person to a long sentence only increases his mental disorder. What he needs is serious medical care and should be locked up in IMH not Changi. And saying that hopes that he will recieve rehab from welfare groups, is he referring to CWS? I think he will more likely habour great hatrd towards cats than be rehab. Changi isn't exactly medical facility for the mentally ill. The guy who should really get a longer sentence is the old airport road killer who actually traps cats to kill. I urge CWS to not let a mentally disturbed man serve a long sentence just to set an example to cat abusers

11:52 PM


You've put it very well, Anonymous.

No cheers from me.

13/9/06 11:12 AM  
Blogger koratmao said...

first of all, I'm extremely thrilled to learn that he's finally got a stiffer punishment and i'll throw a party if the Jurong East criminal is caught. Best of all, the aircon technician's jail term extended as well.
I'm wonder if the offer of friendship, love and care can rehabilitate David Hooi, he seemed like a very desperate loner who doesn't know how to get out of his lonely world. Maybe if he's counseled to caring for animals during his jail term, he'l repent and help the welfare groups as a mean of paying his penence? Shall pray to that.

13/9/06 11:56 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Yes koratmao - I hope the counselling will start NOW while he is in prison, and not when he comes out.

13/9/06 12:19 PM  

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