There is never an excuse for a man to hit a woman, however Muhammad Azzwan Zainun Abidin apparently did not live by this principle. The 28-year-old Malaysian was sentenced to six months’ jail on Thursday (May 3) after pleading guilty to two counts of causing grievous hurt to Ms Siti Baizurah Abdul Latif, 30, and Madam Badariah Ahmad.
Azzwan has been together with his girlfriend, Ms Siti, for about six years and they have four young children. The unmarried couple were cohabiting in their Toa Payoh flat.
Their conflict aroused when Azzwan told Ms Siti that he was cheating on her with another woman before they raised their voices at each other.
During their heated argument, Ms Siti’s mother, Mdm Badariah, arrived at their flat to drop off clean laundry for her. Ms Baizurah then decided to leave the flat.
However, Azzwan prevented her from leaving, took away the knife Ms Siti had previously hidden behind her back and passed it to their eldest daughter, who put it back in its rightful place. Their argument pursued.
The court heard that after slapping his girlfriend multiple times, she attempted to leave the flat again. He then forcefully grabbed and pulled her back, resulting in her falling and hitting the back of her head. She fractured her skull and slipped unconscious.
When Mdm Badariah intervened, Azzwan punched her several times in the chest and shoved her, causing her to land on her left wrist and fracture it.
She subsequently phoned the police.
For causing grievous hurt by committing a rash or negligent act that endangers human life, Azzwan could have been jailed for up to four years and/or fined up to S$10,000 for each count.