Cross-dressing strangler gets jail

Cross-dressing strangler gets jail

SINGAPORE - A man disguised himself as a woman when he strangled a 27-year-old woman with a rope outside her flat in the wee hours of the morning.

IT-support officer Lu Choon Sien, 33, was jailed for eight months yesterday for causing hurt to the victim in the corridor of a Housing Board block on Nov 7. He also admitted to having 142 obscene films in his laptop.

The victim, who cannot be named because of a gag order, had returned home at about 3am that day when she noticed Lu, who was dressed in a grey jacket and wearing a wig. He held a handbag.

Despite his presence, the victim continued to open the door to her flat.

Lu then approached her, took out a black rope from the handbag and used it to strangle the woman. The victim struggled and screamed for her husband. Lu fled.

The husband rushed to the main door and found the victim lying on the corridor. He found a mobile phone which Lu had dropped. He then called the police.

Lu, who made a call saying he had lost his phone, was arrested when he turned up to get his phone back from the husband at the void deck.

Lu, the court heard, suffers from fetishistic transvestism, sadomasochism and schizoid personality disorder. He is seeking treatment for his psychiatric condition, said his lawyer.

He could have been jailed for up to seven years, fined, caned or received any combined sentence for the offence.

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