Jailed for hitting wife with exhaust pipe

Jailed for hitting wife with exhaust pipe

SINGAPORE - A safety coordinator who hit his wife with a motorcycle exhaust pipe and broke her collarbone and a finger was jailed for 12 weeks on Thursday.

Inderjit Singh Bhagh Singh, 36, who pleaded guilty, was also fined $2,000 for using abusive words on a police sergeant who was responding to a noise complaint.

The assault happened in the wee hours of July 27, 2012, when he returned to his Woodlands flat after drinking with friends.

Harbouring suspicions that his wife Amrita Dubey Hridai Narain Dubey, 26, was having an affair, he woke her up and asked to see her mobile phone. When she refused, he kept asking her who she was having an affair with, despite her persistent denials.

He then took a motorcycle exhaust pipe from the top of a cupboard and asked her again. When she denied the accusation again, he shouted "don't lie" and struck her once on her shoulder. Afraid of being hit again, she decided to say "yes" to his question.

But he continued to scold her and swung the pipe towards her head. Her left hand was hit when she raised it to protect herself.

He later took her to hospital. Medical reports showed that she had suffered a broken right collarbone and a broken left finger.

On Jan 2 this year, Sergeant Benjamin Cheah Fook Yeong, 23, knocked on the door of Inderjit's flat after receiving a complaint of "people still playing drums".

Reeking of alcohol, both Inderjit and a friend argued that they had the right to blast music at his home and advanced towards the officer.

After three unheeded warnings, Sgt Cheah drew out his taser. That was when Inderjit began to hurl vulgarities at the officer.

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