Man with OCD hit parents using metal pole -- then told them to shower as they were covered in blood

Foo Shun Xiang, a man with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), hit his father with a 1.2m-long aluminium pole for using the same piece of tissue to wipe his mouth as well as his nose, at his flat in Chai Chee on Jan 28 at 11pm.

Foo, 37, hit his father, Foo Sah Leong, 68, and continued beating him after he was bleeding.

When Madam Chow Ah Lee, his mother, tried to intervene, Foo hit her multiple times with the same pole till it broke.

According to The Straits Times, when the pole broke, he threw it down the rubbish chute.

The court heard that his mother, 65, sustained injuries which included three fractured ribs.

As his parents were covered in blood after the attack, and he told them to go take a shower.

Foo pleaded guilty in court on Tuesday (Oct 16) to one count of using the pole to cause grievous hurt to Madam Chow.

A second assault charge involving his father will be considered during sentencing.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Esther Wong said Foo fears dirt and contamination and was diagnosed with OCD in 2009. 

Despite his diagnosis, he refused to take the medication prescribed to him regularly.

"The accused has a history of being controlling towards his parents. He would monitor their movements and would instruct them to adhere to certain cleanliness 'rules' and to perform cleaning rituals to his satisfaction.

"He would scold and hit them if they disobey his instructions. He explained that he does so to discipline them and to ensure they follow his prescribed ways of doing things," DPP Wong added.

Foo was liable to turn violent at any moment, which made his parents afraid of him.

He had assaulted them on at least four occasions from 2009 till this year.

Foo had threatened to hit his parents if they reported these incidents to the police.

The day after the incident, his mother complained of severe pain in her left rib cage at around 5pm, and his parents went to Singapore General Hospital.

DPP Wong said: "Before they left for the hospital, he raised his voice and threateningly told them to tell their doctors that they sustained their injuries from being attacked by dark-skinned foreigners who were robbing them.

"He admitted he wanted his parents to lie on his behalf so that no police reports would be made against him."

A nurse who attended to Madam Chow lodged a report on Jan 31 about the purported robbery and the truth emerged.

On Feb 1, Madam Chow first told the police that the robbers had attacked her.

She admitted to them the next day that she had lied to protect her son.

Court documents did not state if any action would be taken against her for giving false information.

Foo is expected to be sentenced on Oct 23 and is now in remand. 

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