Law Graduate from the National University of Singapore who was on the dean’s list, Ms Ong Shi Han and her boyfriend, Jeremy Kuek Beng Kiat, stealing things

SINGAPORE: A woman who was suffering from depression has been sentenced to 15 months’ probation for stealing drinks and rice from a condominium storage room.

Ong Shi Han, a 23-year-old law graduate, stole eight boxes of Pokka drinks, a 40kg sack of rice and some electrical items – a two-pin power plug and an extension socket – from a storage room in Blue Horizon condominum in West Coast Crescent in November 2011.

The items were worth about S$450.

She committed the offence with her boyfriend, Jeremy Kuek Beng Kiat, also 23. Kuek, an aeronautical engineering student, was sentenced to a day’s jail and fined S$3,000 in May.

In addition to stealing the items, Kuek also forged two receipts to prove that he and Ong had paid for the stolen goods at Giant Tampines hypermarket and Guardian Health and Beauty.

Ong was ordered by the district judge to attend psychiatric treatment to alleviate her depression. Noting that Ong’s condition is the underlying cause of her behaviour, the judge also ordered Ong to comply with her medication regime.

Ong’s parents, who were both in court, signed a S$6,000 bond to ensure her good behaviour.

After sentencing, Ong changed from a pink dress into a green top and black skirt and wore hair extensions to avoid being recognised.

-CNA/ac

Second report :
why is it that many times when someone is charged, he/she is suffering from XXX syndrome, YYY disorder or ZZZ illness?

An aeronautical engineering student who had admitted to stealing boxes of drinks with his girlfriend from a storage room in a condominium was given a day’s jail and fined $1,000 on Friday.

Jeremy Kuek Beng Kiat, 23, was given a concurrent one-day’s jail and fined another $2,000 after admitting to forging two receipts to prove that he and Ong Shi Han, also 23, had paid for goods at Giant Tampines hypermarket and Guardian Health and Beauty last July.

The couple had admitted to stealing eight boxes of Pokka drinks, a sack of rice, a two-pin power plug and an extension socket at the Blue Horizon storage room in West Coast Crescent on Nov 13, 2011.

The couple discovered the items while they were leaving Ong’s condominium at around midnight. Ong acted as a lookout while Kuek stole the items.

Kuek’s lawyer said he was diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and major depressive disorder.

I think for 1 day jail term, is it just the lockup cell at the surbodinate courts until 5pm then can go home?

Third report:
SOURCE: The Straits Times OnlineAn aeronautical engineering student who had admitted to stealing boxes of drinks with his girlfriend from a storage room in a condominium was given a day’s jail and fined $1,000 on Friday.

Jeremy Kuek Beng Kiat, 23, was given a concurrent one-day’s jail and fined another $2,000 after admitting to forging two receipts to prove that he and Ong Shi Han, also 23, had paid for goods at Giant Tampines hypermarket and Guardian Health and Beauty last July.

The couple had admitted to stealing eight boxes of Pokka drinks, a sack of rice, a two-pin power plug and an extension socket at the Blue Horizon storage room in West Coast Crescent on Nov 13, 2011.

The court heard that Kuek and Ong, who lives in the condominium and is a law graduate, were leaving the condominium to buy food around midnight on Nov 12 when he noticed a gate covered with green canvas at the carpark.

Curious, he peeped through the gap and saw boxes of drinks.

They left the condominium and returned shortly to steal the drinks.

Kuek used a bolt cutter to cut the padlock securing the gate while Ong acted as a look-out.

Community Court judge Shaiffudin Saruwan had called for pre-sentencing reports on the two, but probation was not recommended.

Ong will be sentenced next month.

Kuek’s lawyer Peter Low had sought a conditional discharge for his client, who was diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and major depressive disorder.

Forth report:
SOURCE: The Straits Times OnlineA part-time tutor who stole drinks and rice from a storage room of a condominium with her boyfriend was spared a jail sentence on Friday.

Instead Ong Shi Han, 24, a law graduate, was placed on probation for 15 months. Her parents signed a $5,000 bond to ensure her good behaviour.

Her boyfriend, aeronautical engineering student Jeremy Kuek Beng Kiat, 23, was given a day’s jail and fined a total of $3,000 last month for theft of the drinks and rice totalling $448, and fabricating false evidence.

The couple stole the items from the Blue Horizon condominium at West Coast Drive at about 1am on Nov 13, 2011 when they found out that there were no more drinks in their refrigerator.

Kuek, then pursuing his undergraduate studies in the United Kingdom, had used a bolt-cutter to cut the padlock of the store located at the condo carpark while Ong acted as a look-out.

In the other case in July 2011 they had forged receipts from Giant Tampines hypermarket and Guardian store to show police that they had paid for the items found in their possession.

Under the probation order, Ong has to go for regular psychiatric treatment and take her medication.

Two other charges were considered during her sentencing.

The New Paper
Monday, May 14, 2012
He is an aeronautical engineering student at Imperial College London and his parents hold high positions in banks.

He could easily afford to buy what he needed.

Yet, Jeremy Kuek Beng Kiat, 23, a second-year undergraduate at one of Britain’s top universities, stole eight boxes – or 136 bottles – of drinks, a 40kg sack of rice, a power plug and an extension plug.

All because he had run out of drinks in his fridge.

And he did this with his girlfriend, Ong Shi Han, also 23, a law graduate from the National University of Singapore who was on the dean’s list.

The items were worth nearly $450.

Convenience store

Kuek committed the offences with Ong at around 1am on Nov 13 last year at the convenience store in the condominium where he lives.

They were waiting for their probation reports to be prepared for two previous cases of theft when they broke into the convenience store with a bolt cutter.

When Kuek and Ong were caught for stealing, they presented two receipts to the police as proof of purchase. But the receipts were later found to be forged.

The two, who were in court last Friday, face one charge of theft and one charge of fabricating evidence.

Two other charges of theft were taken into consideration.

Ong’s case was adjourned for a further probation report to be prepared, but Kuek was jailed for a day and fined $3,000.

His lawyer, Mr Peter Low, called for a conditional discharge, but district judge Shaifuddin Saruwan disagreed.

The judge imposed a one-day jail term as he felt that Kuek was unlikely to re-offend.

Psychiatrists diagnosed Kuek with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and major depressive disorder.

In the two previous incidences of theft, Kuek and Ong stole $662 worth of cosmetics from two supermarkets.

Kuek was accompanied by his parents in court.

His mother, the head of treasury at a bank, whispered prayers as his case was heard, as his father, a regional head at a top local bank, fidgeted in his seat.

They seemed relieved at the sentence.

Kuek is supposed to return to school in London to retake his second-year examinations on May 29. Ong will be back in court next month.

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