Man jailed for threatening and hurting wife

A lorry driver who threatened and assaulted his wife with a kitchen knife was jailed a total of 14 months on Oct 28, 2013. -- ST POSED PHOTO : WANG HUI FEN  
A lorry driver who threatened and assaulted his wife with a kitchen knife was jailed a total of 14 months on Oct 28, 2013. -- ST POSED PHOTO : WANG HUI FEN  

A lorry driver who threatened and assaulted his wife with a kitchen knife was jailed a total of 14 months on Monday.

The 48-year-old accused, who cannot be named to protect the identities of his wife and daughter, pleaded guilty to four charges with three others taken into consideration. After committing the first set of offences on Feb 11, he re-offended last month while out on bail.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Daphne Lim said on Feb 11, the accused returned home with three friends and started drinking. As they were making too much noise, his wife told him so. He became angry and shouted at her. He pulled her into the master bedroom by her shirt and punched her.

After that, he left to get a kitchen knife and used it to cut his wife on the right shoulder bone area, which resulted in a superficial cut.

The man rejoined his friends in the living room. When his wife tried to leave, he picked up the knife on the floor and threatened to "chop" her to death and throw her down from the flat.

The victim and her 12-year-old daughter subsequently managed to run out of the unit.

On Sept 14, the accused, who had drunk alcohol earlier, got into an argument with his wife and hurled vulgarities at her.

Later, he held on to a knife and said he wanted her to die. He also asked the victim for the keys to the kitchen window. During an argument, he threatened to throw her down from the kitchen window after finding the keys.

While the victim and her daughter were in the living room, he threatened to use gas to cause an explosion and kill them both. He asked his daughter to close all the windows but she refused. She went to the toilet and called the police.