SINGAPORE- The mother charged with murdering her baby son, whose body was found in the waters off Bedok Jetty last month, will spend another two weeks undergoing further psychiatric assessment, a court decided yesterday.
Lim Ann Nee, 44, was ordered last Tuesday to undergo psychiatric evaluation for a week at Changi Women's Prison.
Her lawyer Anand Nalachandran asked the court to ensure that this was the final extension of custody.
In response, District Judge Eddy Tham said that he will write to the Institute of Mental Health to ask its psychiatrists to expedite their assessment.
Her case is to be mentioned again on Jan 7.
The judge also allowed Lim's husband, Mr Sebastien Lacroix, and her brother to talk to her at the lock-up of the Subordinate Courts in Havelock Road.
About 20 family members and friends were in court. Mr Lacroix, who is French, declined comment when approached by reporters.
Mr Nalachandran told The Straits Times that only upon the completion of police investigations and psychiatric assessment can he make representations to the Attorney-General's Chambers for the charge to be withdrawn or reduced.
While no bail is offered in murder cases, it could be possible if the charge was amended, the lawyer added.
Lim was pulled out of the waters off East Coast Park by the Police Coast Guard at about 6pm on Nov 25. The body of her son, 17-month-old Emilien Lacroix, was found floating about 300m from Bedok Jetty three hours later, after being spotted by a passenger of a passing boat.
Lim had recently lost her job with a technology firm. The couple, who live in Singapore, have an older son.
If convicted of murder, she could hang or be jailed for life.
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