VIDEO: [TheStarTV] Singapore’s Sister Gerard Fernandez prepares ‘broken’ people on death row for their final day. They ask this gentle soul: “After what I’ve done how can you love me?’ [Oct. 11, 2017]
The nun was Sister Gerard Fernandez and the prisoner Tan Mui Choo, a former student of hers who had been sentenced to death over one of the most brutal murders the country had ever seen.
She knew her as Catherine, a “sweet, simple girl” who came from a devout family and attended convent school.
Tan, along with her husband Adrian Lim and his mistress Hoe Kah Hong, were convicted of the ritualistic killing of two young children.
“She made a grave mistake,” says the softly-spoken nun, now 81. “I was saddened when I first heard the news but I knew I had to see her.”
For years Sister Gerard would visit Tan in prison, often spending long nights with her in prayer. The process, she said, allowed them to reconnect and build a deeper understanding.
“I was there to support Catherine and she knew she could talk to me,” she says. “I think that freed her from her mental prison.”
The nun was there until the end on 25 November 1988 – the morning of Tan’s execution.
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