You might remember when a man was caught last year on camera while he rode a motorcycle along the Pan Island Expressway (PIE) from Toa Payoh to Bedok.
Sounds innocent enough, but the main thing was that he was completely nude and was not wearing a helmet either.
Even though it’s been almost a year since the incident happened, I’m sure many of us haven’t forgotten about it yet.
And earlier this year, it was found that Yeo Qi Wei, the 25-year-old man who rode the motorcycle, has bipolar affective disorder and had a manic episode before committing the offences.
Just yesterday (5 May), Yeo, who has a degree in banking and finance, was issued a mandatory treatment order that will last for two years.
Hence, instead of going to jail, he will be required to receive treatment for his mental health condition instead.
Yeo’s Bipolar Affective Disorder
In a previous court proceeding, it was mentioned that Yeo got referred to the Institute of Mental Health (IMH) during investigations for his case.
During his time there, he was diagnosed with bipolar affective disorder.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Jordon Li told the court back then, “While the IMH psychiatrist assessed the accused to be not of unsound mind at the time of the offences, he also opined that the accused’s bipolar affective disorder had a substantive contributory link to his offending behaviour.
“The accused was assessed (to have) a low risk of offending and recommended for close follow-up with psychiatric services.”
DPP Li also stated that Yeo had most probably experienced symptoms of a manic episode for around a week before 10 June last year, when the incident happened.
Thereafter on 11 March, Yeo plead guilty to two counts of appearing nude in public, as well as one count of criminal trespass.
During the sentencing process, there were five other charges that were taken into consideration.
All of his offences were committed on 9 and 10 June last year.
Apart from driving a motorcycle completely nude and with no helmet, Yeo also committed other similar offences.
These offences were also captured by passersby, who took photos and videos of him before uploading them to the Internet.
At approximately 12.30am on 9 June last year, Yeo entered Singapore Shopping Centre, which is located at Clemenceau Avenue.
After entering the shopping centre, a security guard came forth to ask him why he was in the mall. After all, not everyone ends up in a random mall in the middle of the night.
He told the security guard that he was going to the fifth storey for a massage.
After Yeo left, the guard went over to a security counter which allowed him to track Yeo’s whereabouts through a closed-circuit television (CCTV) monitor.
It was then when the guard witnessed Yeo going to the fourth storey instead of the fifth.
The guard then decided to follow Yeo, and he heard a loud sound while following him. He then saw Yeo inside one of the shop units, and the unit had a damaged door by then.
DPP Li mentioned, “The accused did not respond to the complainant. The complainant then returned to the security counter to call the police. The accused then left the building.
“The accused was captured on CCTV forcing open the door to the unit and damaging it. The CCTV also captured the accused entering the premises, connecting his laptop to a TV and watching something on it for a while before eventually leaving the premises after the complainant came.”
Afterwards, in the morning of 10 June 2021, a man claimed that he saw Yeo walk towards him whilst only wearing his underwear.
This incident took place in a car park in Toa Payoh, and the witness was seated in his vehicle at that time.
After getting close to his vehicle, Yeo removed his underwear and proceeded to climb onto the witness’ vehicle.
He then got off the vehicle afterwards and went over to his motorcycle, which was parked a short distance away. He then rode off completely naked.
Yeo also left his underwear on the witness’ vehicle.
Apart from that, Yeo was also spotted by another passerby in a later part of the morning that day.
Yeo was apparently seen completely naked at Choa Chu Kang after driving off from Toa Payoh. The passerby said that he seemed to be touching his private parts at a staircase landing of a block of flats in the area.
The DPP also noted that between 5.43am and 3.36pm on June 10, there were eight reports regarding Yeo being nude in public places that were made to the police received eight reports involving Yeo being naked in public places.
For each count of appearing nude in a public place, an offender may face up to three months’ imprisonment and a fine of up to $2,000.
For each count of criminal trespass, an offender may face up to three months’ imprisonment and a fine of up to $1,500.
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