Singapore: A 41-year-old Indian construction worker was today jailed for four years with nine strokes of the cane for slashing his estranged girlfriend with a penknife after she ignored his phone calls. Palaiyan Murugadass, pleaded guilty to a charge of causing grievous hurt by dangerous means, The Straits Times reported.
He was in a relationship with a 38-year-old domestic maid from the Philippines who has been working in Singapore since 2013. She initiated a break up with him in July, 2015. But Palaiyan was unwilling, and began to call her up to 30 times a day following which she ignored his calls.
On August 23, 2015, Palaiyan armed with a penknife of a 7 cm blade attacked her, slashing her face, throat and wrist. The victim was taken to hospital, where her windpipe was operated on. Cuts on her hand and wrist were also stitched up.
A medical report in December stated that her injuries will result in permanent disfigurement. Palaiyan was jailed for four years with nine strokes of the cane but could have been jailed for life, or up to 15 years with fine and caning.