Treatment order for man who twice threw raw pork bones into mosque

·Senior Reporter
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Al-Abrar Mosque. (PHOTO: Google Street View)
Al-Abrar Mosque. (PHOTO: Google Street View)

SINGAPORE — A 57-year-old man who threw a raw pork bone into a mosque and a slab of butter onto the roof of Singapore Music Box Museum was given a three-year mandatory treatment order (MTO) on Wednesday (13 October).

Lim Beng Wei, who had been suffering from schizophrenia for over two decades and is unemployed, had earlier pleaded guilty to one out of three counts of public nuisance. The remaining two were considered for his sentencing.

An MTO means that Lim will receive psychiatric treatment at the Institute of Mental Health (IMH) in lieu of a jail time. He was previously a leading steward at Singapore Airlines and a part-time service crew member in a restaurant.

Relapse of paranoid schizophrenia

On 12 January, Lim threw a raw pork bone from outside the Al-Abrar Mosque along Telok Ayer Street onto the building's second-floor balcony, in full view of worshippers.

He repeated his actions again two days later. On the same day, he also threw a slab of butter onto the roof of Singapore Music Box Museum, which is also along Telok Ayer Street, in full public view.

According to a report prepared by an IMH psychiatrist, Lim had experienced a relapse of his paranoid schizophrenia at the time of the offences.

He has also had previous relapses in 2011 and 2018, and was given a two-year MTO in January 2019 after he had smashed the glasses in various lifts. He said he had done so due to the presence of evil spirits in them.

Not fully compliant to taking medications

Lim attended outpatient appointments regularly as part of the sentence and was also given an antipsychotic medication via intramuscular injections. However, due to side effects, the injections were stopped and he has since been taking oral medications.

The psychiatrist who assessed him in relation to his latest offences found that his psychotic symptoms had contributed to the commission of the crimes. 

However, Lim admitted to not being fully compliant in taking his oral medications. He was also found not to have been of unsound mind at the time of the crimes and was aware of his actions.

For public nuisance, Lim could have been jailed up to three months’ and fined up to $2,000.

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