A 43-year-old woman was sentenced to five years' jail on Friday (Mar 18) for killing her seven-year-old autistic son in 2014 by pushing him out of the window of the family's ninth-storey flat in Tampines.
Originally charged with murder, the woman pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of culpable homicide not amounting to murder on Friday. She cannot be named due to a gag order.
The boy's body was found at the foot of Block 815 Tampines Avenue 4 on Sep 13, 2014. His mother was arrested shortly after.
According to a report by an Institute of Mental Health psychiatrist, she was suffering from major depressive disorder at the time. However, she understood "the nature and quality" of her actions when she directed the boy to stand on a stool by the kitchen window before grabbing his calves and pushing him out, the report said.
The prosecution urged the court to sentence her to at least five years' jail for the boy's "tragic" death.
Defence lawyer Anand Nalachandran agreed that a "life had been needlessly lost", but urged the court to consider the exceptional circumstances in the case. She had been the primary caregiver of a special needs child. This put her under both physical and emotional strain, the lawyer said.
"We can't fathom what she's going through,” Mr Nalachandran added, urging the court not to imprison her for more than five years.
The woman was facing life imprisonment or up to 20 years' jail and a fine.