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Friday, Jun 13, 2014

Singapore, Crime

Man, 59, viciously attacked by wife and her young lover

The New Paper | Shaffiq Alkhatib | Friday, Jun 13, 2014

Cleaner Loh Ngee Khoon, 59, did not expect his wife of almost 20 years to team up with her young lover to brutally attack him.

SINGAPORE - He was brutally punched, kicked, stabbed, slashed and even smothered with pillows by his wife's lover - a man young enough to be their grandson.

He was shocked. Why was this happening to him, thought cleaner Loh Ngee Khoon, 59, throughout the ordeal on last National Day.

He said he looked to his wife, also a cleaner then, for help but she merely stood and looked on, he told The New Paper yesterday.

Mr Loh added that although he still loves his wife, Patricia Anne Yong, 60, he finds it very difficult to forgive her.

He intends to visit her in jail - only to tell her that he wants a divorce.

He said of the woman he married in 1994: "I loved and trusted her. I'm very disappointed that she could betray me. I feel very cheated."

On Monday, Yong's young boyfriend, cleaner Ahmad Haji Shahul Hammed, 21, was jailed for four years and ordered to be given six strokes of the cane for his part in the assault.

He pleaded guilty to one count each of voluntarily causing grievous hurt and voluntarily causing hurt.

Yong was also jailed for four years last year for her role in the vicious attack. 

Speaking from his spartan three-room flat at Circuit Road yesterday, Mr Loh said that the incident had badly affected his life.

He used to earn about $1,200 a month as a cleaner at a Tampines condominium, but was let go because he could no longer cope with the physical strains of the job. He is now a part-time cleaner at a Paya Lebar office, earning $40 a day.

He works about three days a week.

"I'm no longer in pain," he said, "but I'm now much weaker than before. The doctor told me I could have died from my injuries. I'm thankful to be alive."

Mr Loh suffered a stab wound on his abdomen, cuts on his neck and wrists, and fractured ribs.

Shuddering, he said that he was at home at around 5pm on Aug 9 last year when Ahmad turned up at his doorstep.

He had never seen the young man before and was puzzled. But he decided to let him in after Yong said that he was her "godson".

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