Amos, having been sent to remand on 3 occasions, has been in Changi Prison for a total of 39 days, since his arrest on 29th March till his sentence on 23rd June 2015.

Attending court hearings, discussing issues with lawyers, giving statements to police, meeting up with counsellors and social workers, being interviewed by reporters, having to answer many questions from many people, and many other unexpected happenings, all have been very straining to not only Amos but also all the concerned ones.

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Amos, a 16-year-old blogger, has been posting his thoughts on events in his life freely on various social media sites. Never would he have thought that he could be arrested and charged one day for his work which he has been proudly doing. Neither could he have imagined that he could be punished and ill-treated before he has been sentenced.

I regret to see that the judge appeared to be persuaded by the prosecution to call for an RTC report and thereby placing Amos in another instance of remand. There was no mention of RTC at the earlier hearings as it was evident that his offence does not warrant a consideration of RTC.

Being in remand for an assessment of his suitability for RTC has turned out to be an instance for him to be traumatized (by the strapping to bed for one and a half days).

It seems that the whole trial-sentencing process has been tainted, and Amos has been made to suffer disproportionately for his offence.

The whole matter has affected him to the point that he is suffering from depression and suicidal thoughts.

Amos is merely 16 years old, with many more years to grow up. Whilst he may express himself eloquently, he nonetheless remains a child and would have certain levels of immaturity that regrettably is wholly overlooked in the process.

I humbly urge our Honourable Court to consider giving Amos a fair judgement.

Mary Toh
Mother of Amos Yee

Reproduced with permission from Mary Toh.
You may find the original post here on her Facebook.