Schizophrenic killer jailed for life

Schizophrenic killer jailed for life
Fang Gao San, 56, had planned to kill employees at the Singapore Pools outlet because he believed they cheated him of his "winnings".

He stabbed Toto draw announcer after 'consulting deities for approval'

A MENTALLY ill man, who stabbed to death a lottery draw announcer outside the PoMo Mall in Selegie Road three years ago, has been jailed for life.

Fang Gao San, 56, who suffers from paranoid schizophrenia, had planned to kill employees at the Singapore Pools outlet in the mall because he believed they cheated him of his "winnings".

He said he had consulted deities at a Chinese temple and the Jade Emperor had approved his proposal to kill the "cheats".

Last Friday, he pleaded guilty in the High Court to culpable homicide for stabbing Mr Sito Woon Chee, 59, four times with a knife.

In sentencing him to life imprisonment, Justice Woo Bih Li told the expressionless Fang: "It is obvious that you are a great danger to the public."

The judge noted a few "chilling" things that Fang had admitted: that if he had a gun, he would have used it to kill everyone at the outlet; that Mr Sito deserved to die; and that he would kill again if the deity gave him permission.

Fang has a history of schizophrenia since 2003 when he was taken to the Institute of Mental Health (IMH) after the police found him praying loudly outside his flat and behaving aggressively.

He said he heard "voices" and smelt "gases" and believed people were harming him with black magic. He bathed in vinegar to get rid of toxins as he believed others were trying to poison him.

He also believed the staff at Singapore Pools were cheating the public. He said he began believing this after winning a Toto draw prize in 2010. He said he got only $479 and was told this was because there were more than 900 other winners. However, Singapore Pools has no record of Fang winning any prize that year.

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