After having a few drinks, he scolded his wife for coming home late.
A few hours later, he pounded her face with his fists till she bled.
He did this in front of their two young children, aged four and two, who cried when they saw what was happening to their mother.
Yesterday, Pravin Kumar, 35, was jailed for three months.
He had pleaded guilty last month to one count of voluntarily causing hurt to his wife and one count of breaching an Expedited Order, an urgent Personal Protection Order made without having to go through a trial.
At about 6.30pm on June 4 last year, the then jobless Pravin drank beer at the void deck of his Marsiling Road HDB block.
About an hour later, his wife, Madam Gunaletchumy Sandirakuptan, 34, returned home and found him outside their unit, reeking of alcohol. Pravin scolded his wife for coming home late and asked for money.
She ignored him and went to take a shower. As she was doing so, Pravin left the flat.
At about 10pm, Madam Gunaletchumy put her two children to bed before turning in for the night.
The administrative officer was woken up about two hours later by Pravin who wanted to talk to her.
She told him that she was not feeling well and that he was drunk. She requested that they talk the next day.
But Pravin became violent and punched his wife on the face and head.
He turned on the lights, pulled her out of bed by her hair and knocked her head against a shoe rack.
As Madam Gunaletchumy bled from her face and mouth, she noticed that her two children had woken up and were crying.
She called the police when her husband went to the kitchen.
When the officers arrived, Pravin told her to tell them that she had fallen and hurt herself.
When paramedics arrived, she was taken to Khoo Teck Puat Hospital.
Pravin was arrested.
Madam Gunaletchumy, who suffered from bloodied lips and nose, abrasions on her eyelids and other injuries all over her body, was given five days of medical leave. She applied for an Expedited Order against her husband on June 6.
But that did not stop Pravin from striking again.
About two weeks later, he returned home from yet another drinking session and asked his family to join him to watch a traditional dance downstairs.
While they were there, Pravin pushed his wife and raised his hand as if he was about to hit her.
A fearful Madam Gunaletchumy grabbed her children, fled back to their unit and locked the main door.
Yesterday, Deputy Public Prosecutor Jane Lim said Pravin was no stranger to violence - he had been convicted of voluntarily causing hurt in March last year.
For voluntarily causing hurt, he could have been jailed up to two years and fined up to $5,000.
The maximum penalty for breaching the Expedited Order is six months' jail and/or a $2,000 fine.
This article was first published on April 14, 2015.
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