16 Dec '11, 4am

Woman befriended old men, hugged them, then #stole their money

Woman befriended old men, hugged them, then #stole their money

Woman befriended old men, hugged them, then stole their money 16 Dec 2011 SOURCE: The Straits Times Preventive detention for 53-year-old who went back to old tricks after 11 years in jail SHE had been released from prison only last year after serving an 11-year sentence for a series of pickpocketing offences. But barely a year later, former lounge hostess Tan Yoke Lan (right) was back to her old tricks – befriending elderly men and hugging them before stealing their money. Yesterday, the 53-year-old was sent back to prison, this time for 12 years of preventive detention. She had stolen some $4,000 from 11 elderly men from May to October this year. Preventive detention is an especially harsh sentence meted out to hardened criminals. Inmates serve the sentence in full, with no prospects of early release for good behaviour. Imposing the sentence on Tan, District Judge Lee Poh...

Full article: http://thecourtroom.stomp.com.sg/stomp/courtroom/case_of_...

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