Man with OCD admits to assaulting parents with metal pole

October 29, 2018
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A man with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) flew into a rage when he saw his father using the same piece of tissue to wipe his mouth as well as his nose.

Foo Shun Xiang, 37, hit Mr Foo Sah Leong, 68, with a 1.2m-long aluminium pole, and didn’t stop even after the older man started bleeding.

Foo used the same pole to hit his mother, Mdm Chow Ah Lee multiple times until it broke as she tried to intervene. Her injuries included 3 fractured ribs.

After the attack, the jobless man told his parents to take a shower as they were covered in blood.

Foo pleaded guilty in court on Tuesday (Oct 16) to one count of using the pole to cause grievous hurt to Madam Chow.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Esther Wong said Foo was diagnosed with OCD in 2009 and he fears dirt and contamination. He refuses to take his prescribed medication regularly despite the diagnosis.

Foo would scold or hit his parents if they disobeyed him. He would be controlling towards them as well. From 2009 until 2018, he assaulted them on at least 4 occasions.

After the most recent assault, his mother complained of severe pain in her left rib cage and went to Singapore General Hospital.

He threatened his parents to tell their doctors that they sustained their injuries from being attacked by dark-skinned foreigners who were robbing them.

They did as they were told but the truth emerged after a nurse who attended to Madam Chow lodged a police report on Jan 31 about the purported robbery.

At first, she told the police that she had been robbed but finally admitted that she had lied to protect her son.

Foo, who is now in remand, is expected to be sentenced on Oct 23.

 

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