Benjamin Lim, the 14-year-old boy who died after falling from his family home in Yishun, did not show any signs of distress when he was questioned by the police over a molestation allegation, a Coroner’s Inquiry heard on Tuesday (May 17).
State Counsel Wong Woon Kwong said Benjamin did not show signs of emotional distress or instability “at any point in time” on Jan 26. The only clear sign of stress was when he spoke to his mother on the phone at school, Mr Wong said.
According to Mr Wong's opening statement, Benjamin displayed “visible signs of stress” when he told his mother that he was being taken into custody by the police, and his mother "spoke very loudly to him".
The inquiry also heard that Benjamin suffered from childhood emotional disorder. He was diagnosed when he was seven years old and received counselling for a few years until 2011.
However, Benjamin did not attend counselling sessions from 2012 onwards, as he was observed to be doing well by then, Mr Wong said.
The opening statement by Mr Wong also ran through the key developments leading up to Benjamin's death. These included the allegation from an 11-year-old girl that she had been molested in the lift of her HDB block.
The girl informed the police that a Chinese male had followed her into the lift. In the lift, the male subject dropped his mobile phone from his hand and bent down to pick it up. The girl then felt a "soft tap" on her left buttock, and when she glanced down, she saw the person’s right hand moving away from her. She did not confront him or say anything in the lift as she was scared.
After the police report was made, investigations were started. These eventually led to Benjamin being identified as the person in the lift.
The Coroner's Inquiry is ongoing.