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She wanted to injure sickly son so he would be taken to a home, but killed him instead

TRAGEDY: Gabriel Loh Zhen Jie landed on the ground floor.
FELL TO DEATH: Investigators at the flat at Block 704, West Coast Road.
FELL TO DEATH: Gabriel fell to his death from the kitchen window of the fifth-storey flat.
THE NEW PAPER ON SUNDAY, JUNE 2, 2013

She was diagnosed with schizophrenia in 2006.

But Rebecca Loh Chui Lai believed she was not mentally unwell and would not take her medication.

Her non-compliance to her treatment ended in tragedy when she pushed her only child, nine-year-old Gabriel Loh Zhen Jie, to his death from their West Coast Road flat in June last year.

Loh, 32, was jailed the maximum 10 years yesterday, after pleading guilty to culpable homicide not amounting to murder.

In her warped mind, she wanted to only injure him so he would be taken away from her and placed in a home where he could receive better care.

Read the full report in our print edition on Sept 25.

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Isis-linked group beheads Frenchman abducted in Algeria: video

Mr Herve Gourdel, a 55-year-old hiker from the southern French city of Nice, was kidnapped on Sunday.

Jihadists linked to the Islamic State group beheaded a Frenchman abducted in Algeria in a video posted online on Wednesday.

The killing comes after the jihadists gave a 24-hour deadline to Paris.  

Mr Herve Gourdel, a 55-year-old hiker from the southern French city of Nice, was kidnapped on Sunday by Jund al-Khilifa.

The jihadits demanded that France stop its air strikes against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria in Iraq (Isis).

Mr Gourdel was apparently taken within hours of an Isis spokesman releasing an audio message to its supporters around the world urging them to target Westerners from countries in the US-led coalition against ISIS, "especially the spiteful and filthy French".

Last week, French President Francois Hollande announced his nation would join the campaign in Iraq by launching airstrikes against Isis targets, ABC News reported.

The US has launched nearly 200 airstrikes against Isis in recent weeks.

Source: AFP, ABC News

 

Tags: ISIS, French, behead and Algiers

CNB seizes $506,000 worth of drugs in Geylang, Jalan Kayu

Drugs and money seized during a CNB operation on Tuesday.

The Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) seized about 6.5kg of heroin during an operation earlier this week, the largest single haul of that drug so far for this year.

The heroin seized could have fed the addiction of about 3,125 drug abusers for a week​, said CNB director Ng Ser Song in a press release on Wednesday.

The operation was carried out on Tuesday night at a commercial building in Geylang.

A local drug syndicate, which was bringing in drugs from a neighbouring country and distributing it here, was believed​ to be using one of the units as their hideout.

May face death penalty

At about 8.50pm, CNB officers arrested two Singaporean men aged 44 and 46 in their car, which was parked in the building’s compound.

Officers found about 535g of heroin in the car and a small amount of Ice on the older man.

CNB officers raided the unit and seized about 5.5kg of heroin, 1.3kg of cannabis, and other drugs including Ice, ecstasy, Erimin-5 tablets as well as more than $12,000.

Officers also found about 460g of heroin at the 44-year-old man's house in Jalan Kayu.

The drugs seized have a total street value of about $506,000.

Investigations are ongoing. If convicted, the two men may face the death penalty.

Modern Family's Sarah Hyland gets restraining order against ex-boyfriend

US actress Sarah Hyland has been granted a temporary restraining order against her ex-boyfriend Matthew Prokop after he allegedly choked her and was abusive throughout their relationship.

Modern Family star Sarah Hyland has filed a restraining order against her ex-boyfriend.

Her lawyer confirmed to Us Weekly that on Friday (Sept 19), Hyland "obtained a Domestic Violence Temporary Restraining Order against Matthew Prokop" and that the "documents filed speak for themselves".

The 23-year-old actress, who plays Haley Dunphy in the comedy TV series, was granted the order.


Sarah Hyland has been granted a temporary restraining order after reporting her recently-ended abusive relationship. PHOTO: Reuters

TMZ reported that Hyland claimed Prokop, whom she dated for five years until splitting in August, "choked her" and was abusive throughout their relationship.

The site said that it had obtained the legal documents that details the abuse.

In the documents Hyland alleged that Prokop, in May, pinned her against a car, during an argument about her outfit, verbally abused her, called her names and choked her.

She also reportedly said that "his grip was so tight that I could not breathe or speak ... I was scared and in fear for my life."

Help from co-star Julie Bowen

But that wasn't all she reported.

Hyland knew that she was in an abusive relationship and wanted to ended it.


Julie Bowen, Hyland's co-star who plays her mother on-screen. PHOTO: AFP

Hyland then contacted her on-screen mother Julie Bowen. She asked Bowen to come over to her home to help "peacefully end the relationship".

When Bowen arrived at her home, Prokop reportedly "ran outside into the backyard and began screaming" and threw a lighter at Hyland, threatening to burn her house down, TMZ wrote.

It added that after calling off the relationship, Hyland reported that Prokop "relentlessly bombarded (her) with vile, threatening and emotionally disturbing texts and voicemails including his own suicide threats".

Talk about drama.

Sources: TMZ and Us Weekly

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