Severe fetishism urge
Moreover, he was unable to make restitution of about $6,200 to the victims.
Nonetheless, Judge Soh noted that Low had re-offended shortly after completing his preventive detention last year, and that he had “a severe fetishism urge”.
Judge Soh told Mr Tan to seek Dr Ozawa’s opinion at another CCC, saying: “We will see what Mr Ozawa can come up with… see who’s prepared to accept him.”
He adjourned sentencing to Feb 21.
If Low gets treatment, it could be the first step towards freeing himself from a compulsion that has plagued him for most of his life.
The court heard that his sexual preoccupation with women’s wallets started when he was seven.
He began by smelling his sister’s belongings such as her undergarments, handbags and wallets. Gradually, he preferred to smell only her wallet.
As he grew older, he would have recurrent sexual urges and fantasies involving her wallet.
He went on to arouse himself with the wallets of his friend’s sisters.
And he continued doing this despite having a girlfriend for 11 years.
This compulsion drove Low, an economics graduate from University of Western Australia, into a life of crime, the court was told.