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Serial shoplifter found dead a day before Singapore court appearance

- The Straits Times/ANN

- The Straits Times/ANN

SINGAPORE: A former engineer facing nine charges of theft was found dead at the foot of a block in Sengkang here on Monday morning, a day before her pre-trial conference for the latest theft spree.

Goh Lee Yin (pic), 36, was accused of committing the offences, ranging from taking a gift bag that cost S$6.10 (RM18.90) to a Valentino dress that cost more than S$10,000 (RM31,000), on several occasions in 2015.

Goh, who was believed to have been charged in court last year, allegedly stole more than S$30,000 (RM93,000) worth of items, including clothing from brands such as Kenzo, Louis Vuitton and Prada, and even a Breville oven.

It was not the first time she was accused of theft.

In 2005 and 2007, Goh was given probation for shoplifting. She was diagnosed with kleptomania back then.

People suffering from the condition have a recurrent urge to steal, although not for greed.

Goh was in and out of jail for similar offences twice in 2011.

She also pleaded guilty then to tricking two women into handing over four Hermes handbags worth a total of S$97,000 (RM300,800).

In response to media queries, a police spokesman said on Wednesday (May 17) that they were alerted to a case of unnatural death on Monday at Block 405B, Fernvale Lane, around 6.50am.

The police said a 36-year-old woman was found motionless at the foot of the block, and she was pronounced dead by paramedics at the scene. Investigations are ongoing. – The Straits Times/Asia News Network

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