A man who carried out a string of frenzied acts on his former girlfriend, including rape, was yesterday sentenced to seven years' jail and six strokes of the cane.
Kenneth Aw, 24, first strangled her, tried to stuff her into a suitcase, poisoned her with air freshener liquid, raped her, then slashed her with a knife.
His victim is a 24-year-old Malaysian woman who is married with a child, evening daily Lianhe Wanbao reported.
They met each other in 2012 and she moved to Singapore to stay with Aw between November 2012 and June 2013. They had a sexual relationship.
They broke up in June 2013 and she moved back to Johor Baru, but he threatened to look for her and her family there.
She moved back to Aw's flat in Jurong West for three days under duress, but wanted to leave again on June 24, 2013.
Enraged, Aw pressed a pillow to her face, then strangled her. She became unconscious and he tried to revive her, but she did not respond.
Thinking he had killed her, Aw called two friends and asked them to help him dispose of her "body".
He tried twice to put her into a suitcase, but she would not fit.
He then decided to die with her. He poured air freshener liquid into her mouth, causing her to vomit.
While changing her clothes, he became aroused and raped her. Finally, he slashed her wrist and stomach.
Laying down beside her, he slashed his wrists, drank air freshener liquid and took a pill.
But after some time, the victim regained consciousness and wanted to leave. Aw agreed. She went back to Johor Baru and, a day later, she returned to Singapore to make a police report.
The victim also found out two days after the incident that she was pregnant, but it is not known who the father is. She is understood to have given birth to the child.
This article by The Straits Times was published in MyPaper, a free, bilingual newspaper published by Singapore Press Holdings.