Lim Chee Cheong and "preventive detention"

Lim Chee Cheong is sentenced to 18 years of preventive detention for theft & sexual assault offences.

Preventive detention. Whatever is this 'preventive detention'?! The article did mention that he will undergo 'a stricter regime during his imprisonment'. This is in addtion to the 24 strokes of the cane.

I wish more details are revealed with regards to the so-called 'a stricter regime during imprisonment' which constitutes to 'preventive detention'.

The Wikipedia article on the subject defines 'preventive detention' as 'an imprisonment that is not imposed as the punishment for a crime, but in order to prevent a person from committing a crime, if that person is deemed likely to commit a crime.' It also says that 'under preventive detention the government can imprison a person for some time without a criminal charge.'

Ouch, what a waste of taxpayers' money!!

The High Court has sentenced a 46-year-old man to 18 years of preventive detention for theft and sexual assault offences.

This means the man, Lim Chee Cheong, will undergo a stricter regime during his imprisonment, as well as receive 24 strokes of the cane.

According to court papers, he had entered the house of a 44-year-old private tutor last year.

After tying up the victim and taking some valuables, he proceeded to sexually assault her and even filmed the process.

The court also heard that Lim had committed past robbery offences and suffered from alcohol dependency issues.

From Channel NewsAsia, "Man gets 18 years' preventive detention for theft, sexual assault".

After a string of theft and housebreaking offences, a man went one step further to sexually assaulting his victim after breaking into her house and taking her valuables.

For his crimes, Lim Chee Cheong (picture) was yesterday sentenced to 18 years of preventive detention - which will see him undergo a stricter regime - and 24 strokes of the cane.

According to court papers, Lim, 47, broke into the victim's Joo Chiat flat in July last year at 1.30am while the victim and her young daughter were asleep.

He went in through the window after cutting cable ties securing the window grilles and used a knife from the victim's kitchen to threaten her.

Lim then blindfolded the victim and bound her wrists before taking items, including jewellery and cash, worth more than S$2,000 in total.

Lim, who was intoxicated during the time of offence, then sexually assaulted his 44-year-old victim.

He used his mobile phone to record the assault, which he later admitted was for his viewing pleasure. He also insulted the victim by calling her a "wanton woman" in Mandarin.

Court papers said that Lim left the flat only about three hours later after the victim's daughter had woken up and he was given more money.

The victim then called the police. Three days later, Lim, who had left a pair of socks in the victim's kitchen, was arrested after police managed to trace the victim's belongings that he had sold at second-hand shops.

In the High Court yesterday, Deputy Public Prosecutor Sabrina Choo said a preventive detention of 20 years was appropriate due to Lim's lack of remorse and the fact that he had recommitted theft offences even after lengthy jail terms.

In 2001, Lim was convicted of housebreaking and theft by night, fraudulent possession of property and voluntarily causing hurt.

He was sentenced to six years corrective training and given three strokes of the cane. Lim also had previous theft and housebreaking convictions in 1990 and 1994.

The court also heard that Lim had alcohol dependency issues and could not hold on to a stable job. He also suffers from illnesses including diabetes and asthma.

Lim, in mitigation, told the court that he would repent. He added that he had received counselling and support from family members and apologised to the victim for hurting her.

Justice Tay Yong Kwang, who presided over the case, gave Lim the maximum caning sentence of 24 strokes.

But Justice Tay also told Lim to let the prison authorities know about his medical condition so that they could assess his suitability to be caned.

From Today, "18 years' detention, 24 strokes for recalcitrant".

EARLY one morning in July last year, a 44-year-old woman secured the window grilles of her flat with cable ties and went to sleep with her four-year-old daughter.

She was rudely awoken later when she felt a sharp object pressed to her neck. A knife-wielding stranger was sitting on her bed.

Blindfolded and bound, she was not only robbed of her belongings but also sexually assaulted for 30 to 40 minutes.

Yesterday, her attacker, unemployed 46-year-old Lim Chee Cheong, was sentenced to 18 years' preventive detention and the maximum 24 strokes of the cane.

Preventive detention, which ranges from seven to 20 years, is meted out to repeat offenders and does not offer the usual one-third remission for good behaviour.

Lim, who has past convictions for theft and housebreaking, had pleaded guilty to one charge each of armed robbery, housebreaking and theft by night and sexual assault.

From Straits Times, "18 years' jail, 24 strokes for serial robber".

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