A 35-year-old Indian man pleaded guilty on one count of causing grievous bodily harm with intent to his Indonesian ex-girlfriend at Hong Kong’s High Court on Wednesday.
The court heard that the man, Jatinder Singh, who came to Hong Kong in 2014, was an asylum seeker when he was arrested for stabbing a 40-year-old Indonesian woman named Syairoh, a former domestic helper who had been issued with a temporary permit to stay in the city, in the Pak Sha Tsuen neighborhood of Yuen Long, in the city’s New Territories, on January 8 last year.
Sing Tao Daily reported that the couple became lovers in 2015 but broke up after a few months as the victim found the defendant’s violent behavior unbearable. However, Singh kept following his ex and wanted to get back together with her.
On January 7, 2016, the defendant followed her to Yuen Long. When she saw that she was being followed, he reacted by slapping her in the face. Singh also warned her that he would kill her that evening, the court heard.
In the afternoon of the following day, the defendant cut Syairoh’s throat and stabbed her chest and abdomen using a seven-inch-long knife. He fled but was arrested later the same day.
The victim was sent to hospital for treatment and discharged 17 days later with a 15-centimeter-long scar on her neck and a 12-centimeter wound on her chest.
Judge Susana Maria D’Almada Remedios said the case was serious and wanted to understand how the injuries have affected the victim’s speaking and swallowing abilities before announcing a sentence, Oriental Daily reported.
The defendant is being held in custody, pending sentencing on August 31.