Amos in remand – a mother’s perspective
白白等了二个小时，只见控方和辩方进进出出法庭内 堂和法官私下交谈。从拘留处移至证人栏时, 余澎杉短暂的露面，只见他穿着囚衣並铐着脚镣。
当区域法官考尔（Jasvender Kaur） 进入法庭时，局势相当明显地对十六歲的影视博客不利。
评估是否适合改造训练的报告说 余澎杉的身理与心理状态皆适合进入改造训练所，可是心理医生 Munidasa Winslow 察觉到余澎杉可能患有自閉症譜系障礙（autism spectrum disorder）。
每个离开法庭的出席者都对这又多一次的延期而感到困惑。沒有谁比余澎杉的母亲，卓玛利 （Mary Toh）, 更为沮丧。她皱着眉头说:
“我以为那三个星期的监禁(法官在六月二日下令)是为了做个全 面的评估。为什么现在还须要多二 个星期呢？”
自从她的儿子在三月二十九日，李光耀国葬那天，上载批评政客与基督的录影至 YouTube 后被逮捕。除了大众传媒的关注与网上猖狂炒作外，在充满压力的情況下 她还要奋力了解刑亊程序做出决定。她也要在监禁期间探望她儿子，让他知道亊态的发展並尽可能地照顾他的福利。
“似乎只有他才被关在这只能容纳四人的特别牢房。当他被监禁期间，他们会转移二 至三位囚犯到这牢房。他们不可能会喜欢这装了闪路电视的牢房。”她说:”我不知 道为什么他被关在这牢房。我猜(当局)更像是在保护他。”
以往出庭的照片中显现的过度自信， 甚至飘飘然的少年，星期二的他只低着头坐在被告栏中。”他一贯的笑容与爽快， 可今天却不同。”
以为他能保释在外等候定罪上许的想法下，余澎杉还问他的律师和妈妈他是否能回家。 反之，他被带离法庭，依旧枷锁加身， 並要再被囚禁多一段日子。
Amos in remand – a mother’s perspective
By Kirsten Han
Supporters and journalists who showed up at the State Courts early Tuesday morning expecting a sentence and closure to the Amos Yee saga found themselves bitterly disappointed. There was a two-hour wait with little to do but watch both the prosecution and the defence go in and out of chambers to speak with the judge. There were the brief glimpses of Yee, shackled and clothed in prison garb, shuffling meekly from holding to the witness room.
By the time District Judge Jasvender Kaur entered the courtroom, it was fairly clear that things weren’t going to go very well for the 16-year-old video blogger.
The report assessing his suitability for reformative training said that Yee was both mentally and physically fit for a stint at a Reformative Training Centre (RTC), but psychiatrist Dr Munidasa Winslow had observed that Yee might be suffering from autism spectrum disorder.
Judge Kaur thus ordered for Yee to be remanded for two weeks at the Institute of Mental Health (IMH) for another psychiatric assessment, after which she would decide between sentencing options such as reformative training or a Mandatory Treatment Order (MTO).
Everyone filed out of the courtroom, bemused by yet another delay. But there was no one more dismayed (with the possible exception of Yee himself) than his mother, Mary Toh. “They always want to paint him as mentally unsound,” she commented with a frown.
Lost and confused by legal proceedings she found difficult to understand, Toh had flitted back and forth from her seat to the holding room to speak with her son, trying to get as much information as she could on the best course of action.
“I thought the three weeks of remand [which the judge ordered on 2 June] was for a full assessment. Why is he in for another two weeks now?” she asked as we left the building.
It’s been a difficult time for Toh ever since her son was arrested on 29 March, the day of Lee Kuan Yew’s state funeral, for posting his YouTube video criticising both the statesman and Christianity. Apart from the media attention and the rampant online speculation, she’s had to grapple with criminal procedures and make decisions in stressful situations. She’s also had to visit Yee while in remand, keeping him up-to-date with developments and trying to look out for his welfare as much as possible.
Yee has already gone through 39 days – albeit not continuously – in remand. But it’s his experience of the past three weeks that has worried Toh the most.
“I used to see him about once or twice a week, but tried to see him three or four times a week when I saw that his condition was getting worse,” she told The Online Citizen. “He has rashes, and he says his whole body itches.”
Toh said that Yee is kept in a “special room” every time he’s in remand: the lights are on 24 hours a day (although dimmed a little in the night-time), and the cell is under round-the-clock surveillance via a CCTV camera.
“It seems like he’s the only one who must be in this special room, which can hold up to four people. When he’s there they sometimes transfer two to three cellmates there to join him. They aren’t really happy about it, because the room has CCTV,” she said. “I’m not sure why he’s in this room. I guess to [the authorities] it’s more like protecting him.”
Individuals in remand spend 23 hours a day in their cells. For the remaining hour they are allowed to go to a bigger space that Toh describes as a “basketball court type of place” where they can play games and socialise.
It’s the only break from the monotony of each day, but Yee had told his mother that for the first two weeks of his last period of remand, his hour of “yard time” was often taken up by his sessions with experts assessing his condition (according to Toh Yee was not very clear on whether they were doctors, psychiatrists, counsellors or prison staff, but said he had met about five different people), answering the same questions and repeating the same statements over and over again.
The most distressing incident came when Yee expressed suicidal thoughts to a prison psychiatrist. According to both Toh and information Human Rights Watch obtained from his lawyer, Yee was strapped to a bed for a day-and-a-half.
“Why did they need to strap him? There was already CCTV in his cell,” Toh said. It was after that incident, she added, that Yee’s condition appeared to deteriorate.
“He used to read a lot of books, and it helped to pass the time. But after that he didn’t read any more. He told me, ‘You don’t have to bring any more books, I’m not reading.’ I think he was traumatised,” she recalled. “It was like he went through every day in a daze.”
Yee’s changed demeanour in court was not lost on his mother. While photos of him at previous appearances show a cocky, even smug, teenage boy, on Tuesday morning Yee sat in the dock, head bowed. “He’s usually smiling and cheerful, but today it’s different.”
“He feels tired, but he can’t sleep, and this worsens his health,” she said. “It’s partly because of the emotional issues, and also the light in the cell.”
Yee had believed that his long wait for his punishment had come to an end at last, and that he would finally know his fate. “The waiting is the most difficult for him,” Toh said. “He thought today would be the sentence, that the case would be closed.”
Thinking that he could get bail pending an appeal of his conviction, Yee had asked both his lawyer and Toh if he could go home. Instead, he was led out of the courtroom, still in shackles, for yet another period of remand.
Apart from finding out when – and how often – she can visit her son at IMH, there is little more that Toh can do.
She frowns. “They say he might have Asperger’s, but you cannot cure autism. So if they give him an MTO, what treatment are they going to do?” she said.
Still, she hopes that the next two weeks will benefit her son in some way. “I don’t mind if he is in IMH for these two weeks receiving proper treatment and care. I just don’t want it to be wasted time just sitting in remand again. He’s already been there for so long.”