Drug offender admits to slashing ex-girlfriend's face with penknife while out on bail

SINGAPORE - While out on bail, a drug offender used a penknife to slash the face of his former girlfriend following an argument, causing permanent disfiguration.

Yusli Ismail, 42, pleaded guilty in court on Tuesday (June 5) to two drug-related offences and one count of causing grievous hurt to the woman with a weapon.

The court heard that police arrested Yusli at Toa Payoh Bus Interchange on Aug 25 last year for failing to report for urine tests and he was released on bail six days later.

At around 11.15pm on Sept 9, he bumped into his former girlfriend, Ms Norhayati Mohd Abas, 26, in Geylang Road.

Ms Norhayati confronted Yusli as she suspected that he had stolen her money. During the argument, Yusli became agitated and slapped the woman before using the penknife to slash her face.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Joanne Leong said: "The victim attempted to disengage by turning her back and walking away but the accused followed her and slashed at her again. In total, he slashed the victim twice on her face and once on her back.

"The victim managed to escape into a nearby shop but the accused followed her there and shouted at her from outside... The accused then fled."

An eyewitness alerted the police and an ambulance took Ms Norhayati to Tan Tock Seng Hospital.

The court heard that each facial wound was about 9cm long while the one on her back measured 18cm.

DPP Leong told District Judge Marvin Bay: "The wounds inflicted on the victim also put her at high risk of forming keloids over her face and back lacerations."

The victim requires continuing care and may require scar therapy in the form of topical applications, steroid injections, laser treatment or scar revision in future.

Officers arrested Yusli in Lorong 8 Geylang at around 6pm on Sept 10 last year.

The DPP urged the court to sentence him to five years and six months' jail with six strokes of the cane, stressing that he had reoffended while out on bail.

Yusli's lawyer, Mr Siraj Shaik Aziz, who was assigned to the case under the Criminal Legal Aid Scheme, pleaded for his client to be sentenced to three years and eight months' jail with six strokes of the cane.

He told Judge Bay that the attack was not premeditated. Yusli will be sentenced on Wednesday (June 6).