A woman was jailed six weeks on Monday (16 October) for stabbing her husband, whom she had heard talking to his lover while the couple were in their bedroom.
Nur Fairuzana Binte Ahmad, 30, who pleaded guilty to one charge of voluntarily causing hurt last month, had stabbed her husband of 14 years in April last year, after she heard him say “I love you” to his Filipina girlfriend over the phone.
Fairuzana, a shipping company administrator, and her husband, Muhammad Yasser Abdul Shukor, have two children and are currently undergoing divorce proceedings.
On 17 April last year, Yasser had been exchanging text messages with his girlfriend from the Philippines while his wife was in the same room. Fairuzana became angry with her husband’s reply to the other woman’s message and snatched the phone from his hands. Yasser managed to wrest it back, pushing Fairuzana onto the bed in the process.
She then left the room and returned with a knife. Fairuzana then began shouting at Yasser before stabbing him in the chest. Yasser retaliated by grabbing her hand, causing Fairuzana to drop her knife. He then threw the knife out the window and called the police.
Fairuzana was arrested and taken to the Institute of Mental health, where she was later diagnosed with adjustment disorder. Yasser was found to have a 3cm stab wound on the right side of his chest.
Fairuzana’s lawyer Vigneesh Nainar had earlier said in her defence that, prior to the incident, Yaseer had told his wife about the affair he was having with his Filipina girlfriend and said that he wanted to take the other woman as his second wife.
Vigneesh added that Fairuzana had also suffered years of abuse at her husband’s hands, which resulted in her taking out a personal protection order against him in 2012.
Unsuitable for MTO
On Monday, the court heard that Fairuzana had been deemed unsuitable for a Mandatory Treatment Order (MTO). If successful, she would have received mental health treatment in lieu of a jail term.
Vigneesh also asked for his client to be electronically tagged and for her to serve community service while Deputy Public Prosecutor (DPP) Samuel Yap, asked for a jail sentence of two months for the “serious offence”.
The jail term had already been calibrated downwards after taking into account the mitigating factors, added DPP Yap.
District Judge May Mesenas agreed with the DPP, adding that Fairuzana was armed with a weapon and had taken aim at her husband’s chest area – a vital part of the body. However, she noted that the offence could be a “one-off” given that the couple were going through divorce proceedings.
For voluntarily causing hurt, Fairuzana could have been jailed up to two years and/or fined $5,000.
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