Depression not found to be contributing factor in an elderly woman punching another man

Depression not found to be contributing factor in an elderly woman punching another man

SG Gazette·2018-02-23 03:10

She had punched a fellow motorist and left him with a cut above his right eye. Following a two day trial, the Ferrari driver was found guilty of assault.

But it was a matter of whether Shi Ka Yee’s mental state was a contributing factor to the offence or not, during a hearing this week.

And to that, District Judge Chay Yuen Fatt found on Thursday (22 Feb) that her depression did not contribute to her punching 39-year-old Raphael Chong Yen Pin.

The 72-year-old’s personal psychiatrist, Pauline Sim Li Ping testified that her patient was diagnosed with depression in 2009.

She mentioned that people with depression tended to react to provocation easier and without thinking, and this could be the case for Shi.

Shi was also disappointed and felt “"taken advantage of" when she found out finding out that her husband was having an affair with another woman, said Dr Sim.

"She was shocked that a BMW driver would be rude to her... that's why she reacted. It would be disastrous to incarcerate her... treatment would be better,” the psychiatrist added.

However, Deputy Public Prosecutor Zhuo Wenzhao said that Dr Sim's findings should be given very little weight.

He told the judge that there are nine symptoms of depression according to the Diagnostic And Statistical Manual Of Mental Disorders, which is widely used by psychiatrists.

These symptoms include fatigue, recurrent thoughts of suicide, insomnia and diminished interest or pleasure - someone should have five or more of these symptoms to be diagnosed, DPP Zhuo said.

Dr Sim then said Shi did not display six of the nine symptoms, and that the manual was only a guide.

Shi had punched Chong last year when she believed his BMW had blocked her way in Telok Ayer Street. Chong had said, "If you don't know how to drive a Ferrari, don't drive a Ferrari."

She will be sentenced next month, and could be jailed for up to two years and fined $5,000.

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