Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

3-2000

Abstract

Patients remanded over a two-year period to Woodbridge Hospital by Caurt Order were studied retrospectively. Schizophrenia was the most common diagnosis, theft and robbery the most prevalent offences. Males greatly outnumbered females. There were important gender differences, with males tending to commit sexual offences and females, theft and mischief. Males were less likely to be acquainted with their victims but those who caused hurt were more likely to know their victims. Outrage of modesty and theft were more likely to be committed against strangers. The reconviction rate was 26%, with repeat offenders more likely to commit sexual offences and theft. Patients who had previous psychiatric hospitalisation were more likely to be attending follow-up prior to and after release from remand and were more likely to have schizophrenia. Those assessed to be fit to plead were either fined or given jail sentences. Unsoundness of mind and unfitness to plead were associated with further remand in this hospital.

Keywords

court order, remand, criminal, offences, victims, reconviction

Discipline

Psychiatry and Psychology

Research Areas

Sociology

Publication

Singapore Medical Journal

Volume

41

Issue

3

First Page

114

Last Page

117

ISSN

0037-5675

Publisher

Stamford Publishing Pte Ltd

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

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