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Singapore jails drunk man for threatening to cut sick wife’s throat with fruit peeler

In a separate incident, the same man, a butcher, threatened a member of the public with a meat chopper at a Bedok coffee shop.

The 58-year-old man was sentenced to 12 months’ jail after pleading guilty to one charge of carrying an offensive weapon in public and two other charges of criminal intimidation and voluntarily causing hurt to his wife.

Another 10 charges, including four of harassing public service workers, one of affray and five other charges involving hurting, harassing and violating a protection order for his wife, were taken into consideration for sentencing.

TODAY is not naming the man to prevent the identification of one of the victims, who is his wife.

On the night of January 7, 2023, the man’s wife, who is now 60 years old, was resting at home as she was sick.

The man, who was intoxicated and in the living room, shouted that he believed his wife was lying about her illness.

He also blamed her for not “fighting the illness” and “lacking the will to recover”, Deputy Public Prosecutor (DPP) Chan Yi Cheng told the court.

The man then complained about having to do the housework and was unhappy his wife was asleep and not speaking with him.

When the man stopped shouting, he went into the room and switched on the lights before stepping on his wife’s right shoulder.

This caused the woman to shout in pain, and the husband went to the kitchen to grab a fruit peeler before returning to the bedroom.

Pointing the fruit peeler at his wife, he said: “Do you want me to cut your throat?”

He then told her to call the police and to say that her husband wanted to cut her throat and those of her children and her grandson.

Fearing for their safety, the woman pleaded with her husband and apologised to him, asking that they speak the next