The Girl Stabbed By Her Mum

March 24, 2009 at 07:52 1 comment

In the wee hours of  Thursday 19th March 2009, a teenaged girl was found dead in her Woodlands flat from a stab wound to her torso. Hours later, her mother was charged in court with murder.

Poor Eunice Chew was only fourteen. Her public photos show a round-cheeked girl who faced the camera straight-on with forthright smiles, a nice kid who shouldn’t have been worried about more than school, friends and boys. Although not particularly pretty, she looked likable and trustworthy, someone who’d make a good pal.

Her mother, 51-year-old Goh Hai Eng, was arrested and charged with great rapidity. She has been reported to suffer from mental illness, and is divorced, and has an elder daughter who recently gave birth.

I sense a certain tension in the related news articles. Considering how sensational a piece of news this is, there doesn’t seem to be much information beyond the repetition of meagre facts (or so I hope) – about date, time, place, etc. – and some half-hearted speculations. For instance, one source claimed that Mdm Goh had not eaten for four days, but other sources described the family catering a “buffet spread” for her grandchild’s full-month celebration, as well as neighbours having seen the two elder women smoking at the staircase – cigarettes being more costly than simple food in Singapore.

I would have expected proverbial storms to burst about welfare aid, or the association between mental illness and violence. I can’t help but feel that these issues are brewing and waiting to erupt, much like delayed ejaculation, but are being suppressed somehow. I don’t know. Perhaps I am jinxing the situation.

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Hogfather (Terry Pratchett)

Books read in 2010 and 2011

Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows (JK Rowling) - 'cos the movie's coming out!
Frankenstein: Lost Souls (Dean Koontz) - ah, bugger, it's part of a series! Now I hafta find all the books...
Dismantled (Jennifer McMahon) - oh, good one
Tigerlily's Orchids (Ruth Rendell)
Shutter Island (Dennis LeHane) - reminds me too much of work
Holy Fools (Joanne Harris) - it's official: I prefer her scary books
A Series of Unfortunate Events; The Unauthorized Autobiography; The Beatrice Letters (Lemony Snicket)
The Little Friend (Donna Tartt)
The main books - 11 so far - of the Southern Vampire series; the Aurora Teagarden series except for A Fool & His Honey - that makes it 7; Sweet & Deadly (Charlaine Harris)
The Woman in Black (Susan Hill)
Full Dark, No Stars (Stephen King)
Room: A Novel (Emma Donaghue)
Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children (Ransom Riggs)
The Bachman Books (Stephen King)
Men At Arms (Terry Pratchett)
Carpe Jugulum (Terry Pratchett)
The Fifth Elephant (Terry Pratchett)
Beauty (Robin McKinley)
The Sandman, Vol 1 (Neil Gaiman)
The Burden (Agatha Christie) - her crime novels are waaay better
Snuff (Terry Pratchett)

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