Transgender's quarrel with Aussie boyfriend turns violent

Transgender's quarrel with Aussie boyfriend turns violent

SINGAPORE - A Filipino transgender pleaded guilty in court on Monday for voluntarily causing grievous hurt.

Behind that terse legal description lies a tale of love and violence. Australian Peady Colin James and William Hanz De Veyra Arriesgado (left) were in a romantic relationship.

Mr James' Facebook status even read "engaged".

But things went very wrong and very violent after the two quarrelled at a Duxton Road pub on Feb 26 last year. It led to Mr James being attacked viciously by Arriesgado in his condo, not once, but thrice in three different locations with three different items.

After the quarrel, Mr James, 47, headed back to his rented Sunhaven condominium in Changi alone.

When he reached home, he changed his Facebook status from "engaged" to "single", smashed a crucifix belonging to Arriesgado, 25, and locked the metal gate.

When Arriesgado, who was on a social visit pass then, arrived at the unit later, he found himself locked out as he did not bring his keys along.

He phoned his sister and told her to bring a set of spare keys, before banging on the door, rattling the gate and shouting for Mr James to open the door.

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