A YOUNG man with two university degrees who committed two bank robberies while suffering from schizophrenia was an exceptional case who should be put on probation rather than locked up, a High Court judge said yesterday. Deputy Judge Wong said it was sad he had to sentence Chan Ka-leung, 29, over such offences, for which long custodial sentences were usually imposed. He said Chan committed the amateurish robberies on May 3 and May 5 last year in banks in Tsuen Wan, while suffering from schizophrenia. At the last hearing, the judge adjourned sentence and called for a probation report. Yesterday, the court heard Chan had overworked himself to achieve his degrees in law and engineering, and as a result had become introverted. This led to frustration in seeking a job and when he was jilted by his girlfriend, the mental illness was triggered. The judge placed Chan on probation for three years on condition he received out-patient treatment and repaid the balance of $8,000 to the banks when he resumed work. The court had heard that Chan committed the offences after he heard voices telling him to carry out the robberies. He had pleaded guilty.