Dave Teo Ming seemed to be mouthing off alot last September, but perhaps he was just a little silenced today after his sentence came in.
Firstly, the National Serviceman who went AWOL, told his mate (also an NSman doubling up as a pimp), that he had taken the rifle and bullets from his camp to kill his ex-girlfriend and then to use it in a robbery.
He also told his platoon leader that he was going to use the rifle to kill five of his personal enemies because he hated them.
When passing down his sentence in the High Court, Deputy Public Prosceutor Peter Koy said, 'Fortunately, nothing disastrous occurred but a deterrent sentence was necessary to deter like-minded offenders,'
All up, Dave Teo Ming was sent to jail for nine years and two months and ordered to be caned 18 times.
He had previously pleaded guilty to having the rifle and eight bullets with him in a public toilet in Cathay CineLeisure at 8pm on Sept 3rd last year, and for being in possession of a 40cm-long knife on April 14th, while loitering around his ex-girlfriend's home.
Teo's lawyer, Mr K. Mathialahan, said that the NSMan had been suffering from depression after breaking up with his girlfriend of four years, in April last year, sparking his actions. He then asked the court to send Teo for reformative training instead of jail, because of his age and current mental state. Mr Mathialahan said that Teo was '...under a lot of emotional pressure and was very confused.'
Teo now claims that he never really wanted to hurt or kill his girlfriend. He just wanted to scare her, so that she might get back together with him... wonderful how hindsight works.
The court didn't pay much attention to this, as most criminals always seem remorseful when sentence is about to be imposed... I think perhaps all credit should go to the judicial system with this one!!! One less deranged homicidal maniac on the streets!!
Teo sparked a 20-hour manhunt on Sept 2, 2007, when he walked out of Mandai Hill camp with an SAR-21 rifle and eight rounds of bullets, and was finally tracked down to a toilet in a shopping mall the following day.
Monday, July 7, 2008
Home Asia Singapore The Sentence Is In For Dave Teo Ming - Nine Years Jail And 18 Strokes Of The Cane
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