Two months' jail for man who dangled wife out of an 11-storey window

A heated quarrel between husband and wife turned dangerous when the husband grabbed and lifted his wife's ankles so that half her body was dangling of the kitchen window of their 11-storey flat.

Fortunately, he came to his senses and pulled her in. He had earlier slapped her face, threw a chair at her and threatened to burn her hair,

Jin Qilong, 50, was jailed two months after he pleaded guilty on Thursday to hurting his wife, Zhu Hua, 45 and committing a rash act that could have endangered her life.

Pleading for a lenient sentence on his behalf, his wife Zhu Hua, 45, told the court that he was now a changed man and they got along well for the past 11/2 years. Jin, a construction supervisor, apologised to his wife in court and said he wanted to become a good father and husband.

He had become angry at 9pm on Jan 24 last year over a taxi driver's refusal to drive him, his wife and 20-year-old daughter to their Tiong Bahru flat as the cabby had somewhere else to go. Jin, a Chinese national and a permanent resident here, became more agitated when his wife tried to explain that Singapore was not Shanghai.

He started accusing her of taking the other man's side and alleged that she was having an affair with the cabby. The couple took a bus home. In their flat, he drank liquor and kept repeating that she was sleeping with the cabby.

When she denied this, he slapped her face and threatened to burn her hair with a lighter he held. He then went into the bedroom but did not cool down. When he saw her standing at the kitchen window minutes later, he sneaked up behind her and lifted her by her ankles.

She quickly grabbed the bamboo poles that were placed outside the window and held onto them until she was safely back in the flat.

She took out a Personal Protection Order against him after the incident.