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Elizabeth Law
Monday, Sep 29, 2014

Singapore, Crime

Accused is suicidal, depressed and finds violence towards her 'acceptable'

The New Paper | Elizabeth Law | Monday, Sep 29, 2014

She had suicidal tendencies, boundary issues, and was diagnosed with major depressive disorder (MDD).

But most disturbing of all, Giselle Shi Jia Wei, 25, had found it "acceptable" for others to be violent towards her.

Psychotherapist Jean Tan Yoon Lyn from the Institute of Mental Health (IMH) testified yesterday in the attempted murder trial against Shi.

Shi is accused of trying to murder her ex-girlfriend, Miss Ummul Qurratu 'Ain Abdul Rahman, 22, by stabbing her twice in the chest.

Dr Tan said that from Aug 8, 2012, she saw Shi for 33 sessions - 17 as an outpatient and 16 sessions while she was warded at the IMH.

She worked with Shi to help her manage her emotions, which included dealing with day-to-day issues such as practising boundaries.

Shi was also trying to cope with the break-up and was still missing Miss Ummul, Dr Tan said.

During the sessions, Shi revealed that she still wanted to reconcile with Miss Ummul despite their frequent quarrels and violence in the relationship.

"(It was) acceptable for others to use violence on her," Dr Tan wrote in her assessment of Shi.

NEVER HURT HERSELF

She added that while Shi had suicidal tendencies, she had never hurt herself. She declined to comment when asked if Shi had the potential to do so.

The subject of suicidal tendencies also came up repeatedly during the testimonies of two other IMH doctors - forensic psychiatrist Subhash Chandra Gupta and psychiatrist Ravichandran Nigila.

Dr Subhash interviewed Shi on Feb 27, March 7 and March 14 last year.

During the first two sessions, Shi said she had taken the knife out of the bag to kill "me and my partner".

But during the third session, Shi said she had never thought of hurting Miss Ummul, Dr Subhash told the court.

When pressed on why she changed her account, Shi said she "couldn't remember what happened after taking out the knife".

"She suffered from a deep depressive episode at the time of the incident... but going through the reports, there is no incident to explain her alleged memory loss," Dr Subhash said.

Similarly, Dr Ravichandran, who saw Shi on the two occasions she was admitted to the IMH in 2012, agreed that she was suffering from MDD.

Shi was warded from July 16 to 17 and again from Aug 1 to Nov 3.

Dr Ravichandran could not be certain whether Shi was suffering from the disorder during the attack on July 22 since "the assessment was based on when she was in (IMH)".

Staff Sergeant Siti Nuridah Abdull Rahim, the first police officer at the scene of the alleged crime, said the door to Room 801 at the Golden Star Hotel was ajar by about "two fingers' space".

Pushing the door open, she saw Shi lying on the floor between the bed and the toilet, with her back facing the door. Shi didn't respond to Staff Sgt Siti Nuridah, who checked on her before looking through the items scattered around the room.

She found a student ez-link card and a police bail form, both with Shi's name on it.

The trial continues next Wednesday.

ABOUT THE CASE

Giselle Shi Jia Wei, 25, is on trial for the attempted murder of her ex-girlfriend Ummul Qurratu 'Ain Abdul Rahman, 22.

She is alleged to have stabbed Miss Ummul twice in the chest with a knife in a Geylang hotel on July 22, 2012.

According to court documents, Shi and Miss Ummul had a tumultuous relationship which began in July 2011.

They broke up about a week before the alleged attack. After Shi's repeated attempts to reconcile, Miss Ummul agreed to meet her for supper on July 21.

They checked into the Golden Star Hotel at Geylang Lorong 8. After waking up the next afternoon, they had sex.

As Miss Ummul was watching TV naked, Shi tried again to reconcile. When Miss Ummul said no, Shi allegedly attacked her before turning the knife on herself.

Miss Ummul escaped and was helped by two hotel guests who called the police.

For attempted murder, Shi can be jailed for life.


This article was first published on September 27, 2014.
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HELPLINES
Samaritans of Singapore (SOS):1800-2214444
Singapore Association for Mental Health:1800-2837019
Sage Counselling Centre:1800-5555555
Care Corner Mandarin Counselling:1800-3535800
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