Man jailed for assaulting girlfriend multiple times, threatening to kill her with knives

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SINGAPORE: A man assaulted and threatened to kill his girlfriend on multiple occasions over three months, holding knives and scissors to her body, hitting her with a kitchen towel holder and choking her.

After accusing his girlfriend of meeting other men, Paartiban Maniam, 30, also smashed her phone, swallowed her SIM card and tore her passport.

He was jailed for seven months and three weeks on Wednesday (Jun 22), a day after pleading guilty to six counts of criminal intimidation, voluntarily causing hurt and mischief.

Another six charges were considered for sentencing. Some of the assaults were committed while he was out on bail.

Maniam, a factory operator, had been in a relationship with his girlfriend, now 38, for two to three years at the time of the offences earlier this year.

They lived together with the victim's uncle until late January. The victim ended the relationship in late February to early March this year.

HIT HER WITH A KITCHEN TOWEL HOLDER

The court earlier heard that on Jan 23, Maniam and his girlfriend got into a fight when he was out having drinks with friends and he accused her of being with another man.

At the void deck of their block, he slapped and punched the victim. At home, he took a knife and hovered it over his girlfriend's thigh, then placed it very close to her neck, threatening to kill her.

He also hit his girlfriend on the head with a wooden kitchen towel holder. She got upset and used it to hit him back.

The victim's uncle tried to break up the fight and eventually called the police. Maniam was arrested in the early hours of Jan 24.

The victim was taken to the hospital where she was diagnosed with a minor head injury and given three days' medical leave.

TORE HER PASSPORT

On Feb 28, the victim was having dinner and talking on the phone when Maniam appeared outside her home. She refused to let him in.

Maniam got upset and managed to forcefully pull her metal gate until it dislodged from the wall. He then entered the unit, took the victim's phone and punched her face.

An argument ensued, during which Maniam took a fruit knife, pointed it towards the victim's chest and said in Tamil: "Today, I will definitely kill you."

He eventually dropped the knife, but then picked up a pair of scissors and pointed it at her stomach while repeating the threat to kill her.

The victim managed to calm him until...

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