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Woman sentenced to 24 months’ mandatory treatment order for placing raw pork outside Malay neighbour’s home

SINGAPORE — For placing a piece of raw pork outside her Malay-Muslim neighbour’s home and swinging a piece of female undergarment towards the neighbour’s window, a 63-year-old Singaporean woman was sentenced to 24 months’ mandatory treatment order (MTO) on Friday (June 30).

Lee Dji Lin, seen here outside the State Courts on June 30, 2017, was convicted for the intention to wound the religious feelings of her neighbour. Photo: Robin Choo/TODAY

Lee Dji Lin, seen here outside the State Courts on June 30, 2017, was convicted for the intention to wound the religious feelings of her neighbour. Photo: Robin Choo/TODAY

SINGAPORE — For placing a piece of raw pork outside her Malay-Muslim neighbour’s home and swinging a piece of female undergarment towards the neighbour’s window, a 63-year-old Singaporean woman was sentenced to 24 months’ mandatory treatment order (MTO) on Friday (June 30).

Lee Dji Lin, who is unemployed, was earlier convicted of two charges. One was for the intention to wound the religious feelings of the victim, Ms Marliah Jonet, 61, and the other for intending to cause harassment to the victim with her insulting behaviour. 

Another charge for causing harassment to the victim was taken into consideration for sentencing.

The court heard that at about 11.40pm on June 18 last year, Ms Marliah found a piece of raw meat outside her home when she opened the main door for her daughter who was returning home.

She got her daughter to view the CCTV footage from the surveillance camera she installed outside her unit, which showed that at about 7.50pm that evening, Lee had thrown a piece of raw meat from the lift towards Ms Marliah’s residence.

The raw meat was sent to the Health Sciences Authority for analysis and found to be pork.

About four days earlier, Ms Marliah had heard Lee shouting and went to her kitchen window to check what was happening.

Lee was seen holding a bamboo pole, with a piece of female undergarment attached to its end, and swinging it towards Ms Marliah’s kitchen window.

In meting out the sentence for mandatory treatment order (MTO), district judge Eddy Tham noted that Lee, who was unrepresented, suffers from a psychiatric disorder and was found suitable for treatment.

He also explained to her that MTOs were one of the community sentences the court may pass to ensure that the underlying problem is tackled to prevent someone from offending in future.

The MTO is a community sentencing option for offenders who suffer from psychiatric conditions, where they will have to receive psychiatric treatment.

For the intention to wound the religious or racial feelings of any person, Lee could have been jailed up to three years or fined, or both. For harassment, she could have been fined up to S$5,000 or jailed up to six months, or both. 

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