He allegedly pointed a knife at the woman's abdomen and demanded that she help him extend his visa and allow him to see her daughter.
He then allegedly slashed the 35-year-old victim's throat with the knife.
It caused a wound that went through her throat and the internal jugular vein in the neck.
Yesterday, Krishnan Karunakaran was charged in the Supreme Court for attempting to murder the woman, Channel NewsAsia (CNA) reported.
The Indian national, 44, also faces a criminal intimidation charge for threatening her with the knife.
The incidents allegedly occurred at about 8.20am on Oct 27, 2013.
CNA also reported that Karunakaran's lawyer objected to the prosecution showing closed-circuit television footage of the alleged criminal intimidation as his client was concerned with prejudice.
The prosecution argued that the video evidence would add clarity to the facts of the case. But it agreed to review the request after Justice Lee Seiu Kin adjourned the matter briefly for the parties to convene.
The case has been adjourned to a date to be decided by the court.
For attempted murder and causing hurt, Karunakaran faces up to 20 years in jail, a fine, or both.
For criminal intimidation with a threat to cause death or grievous hurt, he can be jailed up to seven years.
This article was first published on July 14, 2015.
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