Woman jailed 6 weeks for stabbing hubby

She snapped after he openly declared his love for girlfriend over the phone

A woman stabbed her husband after he openly exchanged sweet nothings with his girlfriend over the phone.

It happened after Nur Fairuzana Ahmad, 30, snatched the phone from Mr Muhammmad Yasser Abdul Shukor, 34.

When he retaliated by pushing her onto their bed, Fairuzana left their bedroom and returned with a knife. She then stabbed her husband once in the chest.

Yesterday, Fairuzana, who worked as an administrator, was sentenced by Community Court judge May Mesenas to six weeks' jail after pleading guilty to causing hurt to Mr Yasser at their home in Punggol on April 17 last year.

Fairuzana and Mr Yasser, who are in the midst of divorce proceedings, have two children from their 14 years of marriage.

Fairuzana's lawyer Vigneesh Nainar said in his mitigation plea that his client married when she was 16. But the relationship started to break down in January last year when he told her that he wished to marry his girlfriend, whom he had met in the Philippines.

Fairuzana was devastated, and became confused and depressed, he said.

He added that Mr Yasser had physically abused his client throughout their marriage, and that this had escalated, particularly in the first three months of last year.

Police had to be called to their home on numerous occasions, he said, but Fairuzana remained in the marriage and continued to love her husband despite the violence.

No action was taken against him, the court heard.

Fairuzana snapped the day he received an audio message from his girlfriend saying "I love you". He had responded in a similar manner and openly declared his love for the woman.

After a yelling match, Fairuzana stabbed Mr Yasser, leaving him with a 3cm-long cut on his chest, among other injuries. He called the police at about 10.15pm.

After her arrest, she was taken to the Institute of Mental Health for psychiatric assessment and diagnosed with "adjustment disorder with a recent acute situational reaction".

Fairuzana, who has a personal protection order against her husband, was remorseful, and deeply regretted that her actions had affected her relationship with her children, said Mr Vigneesh.

She could have been jailed for up to two years and/or fined up to $5,000 for causing hurt.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 17, 2017, with the headline 'Woman jailed 6 weeks for stabbing hubby'. Print Edition | Subscribe