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Man denies trying to smother his sleeping mum with pillow

A man who allegedly attempted to kill his elderly mother by smothering her with a pillow denied the act in court and asked to see her.

Yong Chun Hong, 34, was on Jan 24 charged with one count of attempted murder.

He had allegedly tried to kill his mother on Jan 16 by pressing a pillow over her face while she was sleeping. The police were alerted on Jan 18 afternoon to an assault at a residential unit in Serangoon Central.

On Jan 24, a handcuffed Yong, wearing a grey T-shirt, attended the court hearing via video-link. He appeared calm throughout court proceedings.

Through a Mandarin interpreter, he told the court he did not commit the crime and did not sign the “charge”.

The police prosecutor said investigations are ongoing, and clarified that the document he refused to sign was a cautioned statement. A cautioned statement is recorded from a person after he is charged with, or informed that he may be prosecuted for, an offence.

Yong also asked the police if he could see his mother.

The prosecutor replied: “Obviously no, because she is the victim for this case.”

District Judge Brenda Tan asked the police prosecutor about the condition of Yong’s mother, to which the prosecutor said: “At the moment, I believe it’s not life-threatening.”

As the proceedings came to an end, Yong asked again if he could see his mother. The prosecutor rejected this second request.

The prosecutor asked that Yong be remanded at Changi Prison Complex Medical Centre (CMC) for a medical examination.

This is to determine whether Yong is suffering from any abnormality of mind that may have impaired his mental responsibility regarding the act, said the prosecutor.

The judge said that Yong may wish to state his case to the investigation officer. She granted the prosecutor’s request for him to be remanded at CMC for three weeks.

His case will be heard again on Feb 14.

If convicted of attempted murder, Yong faces life imprisonment and caning. He can be also jailed for up to 20 years and fined or caned, or both.