A JUNIOR prison officer who sponged off four women while married will spend the rest of his life behind bars for murdering one of his girlfriends.
Judicial Commissioner Tan Siong Thye also ordered Lim Wee Thong, 48, to be caned the maximum 24 strokes for his "vicious" attack on Ms Loh Nyuk Moi, 50.
An autopsy found 10 stab wounds on her body - three piercing the heart and two penetrating the lungs. There were also wounds on her left forearm and palm indicating that she had defended herself against an attack.
Lim initially went on trial last month for murder with intent to kill, which carries the mandatory death penalty. Four days into the trial, prosecutors amended the charge to murder with intent to cause bodily injury likely to cause death, which gives the judge the discretion to impose the death penalty or life imprisonment.
Lim formally pleaded guilty to the amended charge on Thursday.
Ms Loh's brother-in-law, who wanted to be known only as Mr Pang, 50, said Lim's sentence was too light. "He should die for taking a life," said the financial adviser, adding that Lim should be stabbed 10 times "in return".
Despite having a wife and teenage son, the sergeant carried on relationships with four women who gave him money to pay his bills and loans.
Some time in February 2011, he stabbed Ms Loh at her old home in Taman Jurong, a Yung Ping Road flat earlier sold back to the Housing Board.
The weapon was a kitchen knife he had asked another girlfriend to buy for him while they were shopping in December 2010.