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A mental patient suffering from paranoid schizophrenia was sent to 15 months jail instead of treatment at the Institute of Mental Health (IMH) for sending threatening messages to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

The messages sent via 33-year-old Tan Yeong Hong’s handphone on June 24 is as follow:

“Eh, You challenged me to visit your (Meet-the-People Sessions) but you are not here. I will find and stage an attack on you when I have information on your public appearances. You know who I am…”

After the Prime Minister lodged a police report, two policemen were then “assaulted” according to the state media. It is however not revealed the details of the assault. The man has been detained in jail since June 27.

In the ruling passed by District Judge Mathew Joseph, the judge said the man needed a period of “incarceration and psychiatric treatment” to stabilise him. The 15 month jail sentence has been backdated to June 27, however questions remained why wasn’t the man charged for assaulting the police officers and why was the man not directed to IMH instead of serving a jail sentence.