AN unarmed woman, motivated by a death wish during a failed bank robbery, was yesterday placed on probation for two years by the District Court. Passing sentence on waitress Lee So-ngor, 37, Deputy Judge Day ordered her to undergo regular psychological treatment as directed by the probation officer. He ordered her to stop gambling and not enter any gambling establishment for work or entertainment. Defence counsel Newman Wong said Lee was actually hoping she might be killed during the robbery, which she attempted in order to raise money to pay a gambling debt. A psychologist who prepared a report on Lee said: ''There were reasons to believe that the client's present offence was really motivated by the need for self-destruction and 'the final relief'.'' Deputy Judge Day said: ''I have the deepest sympathy for this lady and cannot feel that any purpose would be served by a custodial sentence. ''I appreciate that those who attempt to rob banks must expect to go to prison, but given the mitigation in this case and the unusual facts of it I feel there is room for a little mercy.'' Lee pleaded guilty to attempted robbery of the Hang Seng Bank at Hau Wong Road, Kowloon City, on September 21 last year. Pre-sentencing reports revealed Lee had led a difficult life. Her mother died when she was a child and three of her children were handed over to others to bring up because of poverty. Her father was a drug addict who used to beat her and her marriage failed some years ago. Deputy Judge Day said: ''She [Lee] has arranged expensive treatment for an unfortunate affliction suffered by her daughter, and this rendered her situation yet more parlous. ''Ultimately she has resorted to gambling, initially, it would seem, as an escape but eventually as an attempt to make money to help out at home. ''Having lost in Macau, she was escorted by loansharks back to Hong Kong and to the bank where the offence was committed.'' Prosecutor Ronald Tang said Lee entered the bank and gave teller Chan Oi-kuen a note, which read: ''Have gun, robbery, $50,000.'' In fact, she was not armed. She was seen putting her right hand inside a travelling bag, which she had placed on the counter. The teller slowly stacked the money on the counter and at the same time alerted her colleagues. to the robbery. Police arrived a few minutes later and arrested Lee.