He fantasised about stabbing women, touching their breasts

He fantasised about stabbing women, touching their breasts

SINGAPORE - He followed young women for short distances - sometimes stopping when they went into a lift or got close to their school. He liked them in their 20s and early 30s, slim and with long hair.

As he tailed them, he would fantasise about stabbing them in the back and touching their breasts. Unfortunately for four women, over eight months in 2010 the gruesome fantasy became a reality.

The fourth woman he knifed - Ms Hoe Hong Lin, 32, mother of two young children - died. Soh Wee Kian (above), 23, a full-time national serviceman (NSF), was later tracked down by police and charged with her murder.

He pleaded guiltyon Tuesday to a reduced charge of culpable homicide not amounting to murder, and a charge of voluntarily causing grievous hurt to another woman, Ms How Poh Ling, who had been the third victim in his series of attacks.

Charges from two other attacks in January and February that year were taken into consideration.

The court heard that on Sept 22, 2010, at about 3pm, Soh had left his house with a plastic glove in his left trouser pocket and a knife in a plastic sheath in his right. He had stolen the knife from an Ang Mo Kio shop a few days before.

He had wanted to follow girls while having a feel of the knife and glove, and imagined stabbing them in the back. The glove was also to wipe off fingerprints from the knife.

After leaving his home, Soh loitered around Woodlands, where he lived. He started following a few girls as he was attracted to them, but would stop after stalking them for short distances.

He later went to some HDB blocks near Mandai Tekong Park, following four women separately for short distances. He fantasised about stabbing them in the back and touching their breasts, but did not do anything to them.

At about 8pm, Soh began walking around Mandai Tekong Park, looking for women with long hair and wearing skirts. He was attracted to long-haired women in short skirts.

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