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Flight attendant assaulted wife in front of their children till she blacked out

SINGAPORE — Thinking his wife was cheating on him, an air steward punched her in the head and kicked her in the ribs until she began to lose consciousness.

The court heard that Johannan Johari began assaulting his wife when he suspected she had been cheating on him.

The court heard that Johannan Johari began assaulting his wife when he suspected she had been cheating on him.

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SINGAPORE — Thinking his wife was cheating on him, an air steward punched her in the head and kicked her in the ribs until she began to lose consciousness.

When Johannan Johari noticed this, he sprayed water on her and slapped her to keep her conscious. He later called her brother and confessed to beating his wife up.

On Monday (March 9), the 36-year-old pleaded guilty in a district court to one count of causing hurt to his 35-year-old wife. They have two young children together.

Court documents did not state which airline he was employed by. He will return to court on April 4 to be sentenced.

The court heard that on June 15 last year, Johannan told his wife that he wanted to create some online quizzes for work. She lent him her laptop and he took it into a separate room, accompanied by their children.

When she went into the room to check on the kids, she realised that Johannan was looking at video footage from her in-car cameras. He then confronted her, accusing her of having an extra-marital affair.

She repeatedly denied this, following him into the kitchen when he went to get her mobile phone there.

Along the way, he punched her once on the face in front of their children, who had followed them. He also slapped her repeatedly when she asked why he had to look at her phone, causing her to hit her head on the kitchen countertop.

She fell to the ground, bleeding from her forehead, and he continued kicking her in the ribs at least twice while checking her phone.

In great pain, she pleaded with him to stop and began losing consciousness. Johannan then dragged her to the bathroom, where she lay on the ground while he used the shower head to spray water on her.

The water entered her nose, making her choke. Johannan continued slapping her face to stop her from blacking out and pressed a towel against her forehead to stop the bleeding.

He then carried her to the bed after realising she could not stand up.

She then lost consciousness. Johannan called her brother on the phone, confessing to the assault. He apologised and asked the other man to come over quickly.

The brother called for an ambulance and she was taken to Sengkang General Hospital. Her nose had been broken and she suffered a deep laceration over her right eyebrow.

She underwent minor surgical procedures and was discharged about a week later.

District Judge Edgar Foo called for a report to assess if Johannan is suitable for a day reporting order — a community-based sentence for first-time offenders above 16 years old.

Those given such a sentence are required to report to a day-reporting centre for monitoring and counselling, and to undergo rehabilitation programmes. Judges will consider the nature of the offence and the offender’s character in assessing their suitability for such an order.

The judge also granted him permission to travel to Australia, the United Kingdom, the United States and China for work-related purposes from March 16 to April 1.

For causing hurt, Johannan could be jailed for up to two years, fined up to S$5,000, or both.

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