The iconic Merlion in Singapore. Photo: Google Maps
The iconic Merlion in Singapore. Photo: Google Maps

A 42-year-old Filipino engineer, who had previously pleaded guilty to threatening to kill his 39-year-old wife during a dispute in October last year, was jailed for 10 months by a Singapore court on Friday.

Casipit Geronimo Barrientos was charged with one count of voluntarily causing hurt, one count of criminal intimidation and one count of violating the Women’s Charter during an argument with his wife Mara in the early hours of October 11, 2017, the Shin Min Daily News reported.

Despite the fact that his wife had been granted a Personal Protection Order by a court on August 2, 2010, the man continued to use violence against her.

At 2:15am on October 11, 2017, Barrientos was reported to be very drunk and threw his wife’s long-term visitor pass at her and started shouting at her after waking her up.

He then pulled out a pocket knife and threatened to kill her, pressing the 3.5-inch blade into her neck. He was using foul language and insulting his wife.

She managed to call police, who arrived and detained him. The court heard that two days before the incident the man hit his wife in the head and spat on her face. On September 5, the couple were reportedly in a heated argument and Barrientos dragged his wife by the hair into the bedroom on the second floor.

The wife was pushed down on a bed where she tried to protect herself by covering her face with her hands as he slapped and punched her.

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