Drug user who drove into sea off Sentosa jailed and disqualified from driving

A Grab driver who drove his car in the waters off Sentosa Cove in 2017 was sentenced to 11 months and four weeks' jail on Thursday (Jan 10).

Lim Jin Ping, 37, was also disqualified from driving all classes of vehicles for two years, reported The Straits Times.

The father of three admitted that he had smoked amphetamine every day in the week before the incident on Aug 25, 2017.

According to witnesses at the scene of the Sentosa incident, Lim had spoken repeatedly of dying and allegedly claimed that "a mermaid told me to do so".

An Institute of Mental Health (IMH) report, dated Sept 14, 2017, stated that he was intoxicated with amphetamines, leading to psychotic symptoms such as auditory hallucinations and paranoid delusions. The symptoms ceased when he was in remand at IMH.

The court heard that he was admitted to IMH in 2012 and 2015 for drug-induced psychosis after consuming amphetamines.