'I thought I was going to die at the hands of my boyfriend'

Woman recalls harrowing incident three years ago when her then boyfriend bashed parts of her face in

Ms Lim's former boyfriend Clarence Teo, a doctor, was sentenced last week to three years, six months and two weeks' jail and four strokes of the cane after pleading guilty to assault charges. ST PHOTO: WONG KWAI CHOW Ms Rachel Lim, seen here at a pet
Ms Rachel Lim, seen here at a petting zoo while on holiday in Thailand last year, said she has moved on and is in a new, healthy relationship. PHOTO: COURTESY OF RACHEL LIM
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After a long period of therapy, Ms Rachel Lim En Hui, 28, is still haunted by memories of a night three years ago - when her doctor boyfriend bashed parts of her face in after she refused to have sex with him after a night of merrymaking.

What has also remained with her till today is that she had stayed with him despite two previous assault attempts.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 29, 2020, with the headline 'I thought I was going to die at the hands of my boyfriend'. Subscribe