Undergrad preyed on boys
Sep 19, 2009
Undergrad preyed on boys
Molester sentenced to 41/2 years and five strokes; he is appealing
By Elena Chong
Lee would station himself at an MRT station or void deck and tail his victim home and attack him in the lift. -- ST PHOTO: WONG KWAI CHOW
THE final-year undergraduate would station himself at an MRT station or void deck and wait for his potential victims. Once he set his eye on someone, he would tail the boy home and attack him while in the lift with him.
Andy Lee Kee Liang, 24, made one of his victims perform oral sex on him. He groped and kissed the other boys. In all, the National University of Singapore chemical engineering student molested three teenage boys in HDB flat lifts over a two-week period in 2007.
Lee was sentenced to 41/2 years' jail and ordered to be caned five times on Friday by District Judge Roy Neighbour. Lee, who is appealing against the conviction and sentence, was offered bail of $25,000. His passport was impounded and he has to report weekly to the investigating officer.
On Aug 30, 2007, after molesting a 14-year-old boy, he knelt down and performed oral sex on the victim. Lee then followed the boy out and ordered his victim to perform oral sex on him on the staircase landing. Five days later, Lee kissed a 15-year-old boy in the lift. A week later, he tried molesting a Secondary2 student, aged 14, who pushed him away.
The eight-day hearing centred on Lee's mental state at the time of the alleged offences, as he claimed to be of unsound mind then. He also said voices had told him to commit the acts.
Two consultant psychiatrists - Dr Yeo Seem Huat and Dr Ang Yong Guan - testified for the defence that Lee had been suffering from severe depression with psychotic symptoms at the time, and was of 'unsound mind'.
But under cross-examination by Deputy Public Prosecutor Isaac Tan, they conceded that Lee knew the nature of his acts, and that what he was doing was wrong or contrary to the law.
The prosecution's rebuttal witness, Dr Jerome Goh, a consultant psychiatrist with the Institute of Mental Health, said he had found nothing wrong with Lee after examining him about two weeks after his last offence.
Lee was also observed to be behaving normally when he was remanded for three weeks at the medical centre within Changi Prison for psychiatric assessment.
Addressing the court on sentencing earlier, DPP Tan had said Lee's nefarious acts were deliberate and systematic. He had held little regard for the fear, trauma and distress to which he had subjected those young and vulnerable victims.
Read the full story in Saturday's edition of The Straits Times