SINGAPORE — A 25-year-old woman is on trial for attempting to murder her lover, a 22-year-old woman whom she allegedly stabbed twice in the chest after the accused’s pleas to patch up were rebuffed.
On the first day of trial yesterday, the High Court heard that the couple had a tumultuous relationship and quarrelled frequently.
Giselle Shi Jia Wei is alleged to have stabbed Ummul Qurratu ‘Ain binte Abdul on July 22, 2012, in a hotel room in Geylang.
She later stabbed herself in the chest with a knife. The charge of attempted suicide was dismissed.
Testifying yesterday, Ummul said the two were acquainted in 2010 before becoming romantically linked in July 2011.
She later moved into Shi’s house without Shi’s parents’ knowledge.
As a result of this, Ummul confined herself almost exclusively to their room.
In May 2012, Shi’s mother found Ummul in the house and asked her to leave. The couple then moved to Malaysia and later returned to Singapore.
Ummul told the court that Shi was possessive, calculative and insecure. The accused even restricted her career options and asked her to terminate her Facebook account.
Ummul also testified that they would squabble over the use of toiletries and the smallest of things, such as financial issues, jealousy and over things that Ummul had said.
On July 14, 2012, Ummul said Shi blew up inside a toilet cubicle at the Mink Club after a male friend hugged Ummul, causing her to spill her drink on Shi’s heels. Shi later said that she wanted to end the relationship, before boarding a taxi.
At about 11pm on July 21, 2012, Ummul agreed to meet Shi for the last time at the latter’s request, believing that Shi wanted some closure.
After supper, the couple headed to a hotel room in Geylang and engaged in “physical relations”.
The next day at around 5pm, Shi repeatedly asked Ummul if they could start afresh while she watched television in bed.
But Ummul rejected the idea because of their frequent fights and disagreements. Shi then said that she would be together with Ummul, whether in life or death.
“She became more desperate and frustrated,” said Ummul.
Shi later whipped out a knife from her handbag and pierced the knife into Ummul’s chest.
Ummul put up a struggle and the knife was pulled out of her chest in the process before Shi stabbed her again.
However, she managed to escape and sought help from a couple. Ummul was later conveyed to the Tan Tock Seng Hospital for treatment.
The trial continues.