SINGAPORE: A 25-year-old man will be detained indefinitely at the President’s pleasure for causing the deaths of his mother and grandmother in 2019 while he was of unsound mind.
Gabriel Lien Goh was acquitted of two charges of culpable homicide not amounting to murder on Friday (Sep 23), on the grounds of unsound mind.
The judge ordered that he be kept in safe custody in prison and for the case to be reported to the minister. According to Section 252 of the Criminal Procedure Code, the minister may then order him to be confined in a psychiatric institution, prison or another suitable place of safe custody during the President’s pleasure.
Goh killed his mother, 56-year-old Lee Soh Mui, by stabbing her chest on the morning of Oct 27, 2019 at Block 7A Commonwealth Avenue. Soon after, he killed his 90-year-old grandmother, Madam See Keng Keng, by punching her head multiple times.
Goh had consumed two tabs of lysergide or LSD before attacking his mother and grandmother. He took the second tab as he felt “curious” and wanted to see more psychedelic colours, Deputy Public Prosecutor Timotheus Koh said.
As a result, he was under an acute hallucinogen intoxication, the court heard. He was in an acute psychotic state, experiencing distortions of shapes and time sense, with anxiety and panic symptoms.
He retained only the most fragmentary and sketchy recollections of what happened, the court heard. When he came to his senses, he felt acute dysphoria as he came to terms with his acts and their consequences, said the prosecutor.
In early court hearings after Goh was first charged in 2019, he apologised to his relatives, saying what happened was an accident and that he “never intended for those things to happen”.