Tourist jailed for breaking wife's jaw

Tourist jailed for breaking wife's jaw

A filipino tourist who punched his wife so hard in the face that she suffered multiple fractures to her jaw was jailed for four months yesterday.

District Judge Janet Wang told Ronnie Ambion Vasquez that the courts took a very serious view of domestic violence.

The 26-year-old cargo forwarder admitted to causing grievous hurt to Madam Milagros Castillo Vasquez, 42, by punching her twice in the face in a room at Concorde Hotel on Oct 3.

The court heard that the couple were on holiday here with their daughters when the pair got into an argument in their hotel room. The court was not told what the argument was about.

Vasquez lost his temper and punched the victim twice and she started to bleed from her mouth.

Fearing for her own and her daughters' safety, she told her husband that she wanted to see a dentist to fix her teeth. Vasquez tried to stop her initially but subsequently allowed her to leave the room with their daughters.

She reported the incident to the concierge and took a taxi to Mount Elizabeth Hospital where she was found to have multiple fractures and broken teeth. She left for Australia the next day.

Pleading for leniency, Vasquez sobbed when he said he realised his mistake and regretted his action. He could have been jailed for up to 10 years and was liable to a fine or caning.

The judge said she would not order compensation to be made to the victim, Vasquez's wife, as she had gone back to Australia. The courts usually order offenders to pay for victims' medical expenses.

This article was first published on Dec 13, 2014.
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