Mandatory treatment order report sought from former CEO of Prive Group who punched 13-year-old boy

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SINGAPORE: A district judge on Wednesday (March 2) ordered a mandatory treatment order (MTO) fitness report for the former CEO of food and beverage group The Prive Group.

French national Jean-Luc Kha Vu Han, 44, admits hitting a 13-year-old boy and asking him lewd questions in an elevator in 2019. He was drunk at the time.

He pleaded guilty to a charge of willfully causing injury and intentionally causing alarm.

An MTO orders an offender with certain treatable psychiatric conditions to undergo psychiatric treatment.

Defense attorney Teh Ee-von had requested the MTO fitness report, saying his client had been diagnosed with adjustment disorder and later bipolar disorder, for which he was seeking treatment.

She previously told the court that Vu Han thought the victim had said “something annoying to him”, which “unfortunately triggered something in him” to react “disproportionately”.

At the previous hearing, sentencing was adjourned for a further clarifying report from the defense psychiatrist.

On Wednesday, Ms Teh told the court that the psychiatrist’s opinion remained that there was a contributory link between Vu Han’s bipolar disorder and the offenses committed.

The psychiatrist was also of the opinion that Vu Han’s perception of the victim making a remark when no one else was doing it could have been “psychosis”, Ms Teh told the court.

Deputy Attorney General Goh Yong Ngee opposed the appeal of the MTO’s fitness report, saying deterrence trumped rehabilitation considerations in the case.

He also said Vu Han appeared to have been “careless with the truth” with the defense psychiatrist.

Referring to the psychiatrist’s report, Mr Goh said the defendant maintained he was not drunk at the time of the offences, which was “inconsistent” with what he pleaded guilty to.

Mr Goh added that the facts had been “drip-feed” to the psychiatrist “on a piecemeal basis”. He said this suggested that Vu Han had tried to shape the psychiatrist’s observations in his favor.

In response, Ms Teh said her client had been consistent in his account of what had happened since his first meeting with the psychiatrist.

The judge asked for the MTO’s fitness report to determine if Vu Han actually had bipolar disorder and if that contributed to the offenses, and if he was likely to seek treatment.

Vu Han will attend his evaluation at the Institute of Mental Health and return to court later this month.

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