26-year-old Annie Ee Yu Lian was physically, mentally and financially abused by her torturers – Housewife Tan Hui Zhen and her storeman husband Pua Hak Chuan.
Tan was today jailed for 16.5 years, while Pua was sentenced to 14 years jail and 14 strokes of the rotan.
For 8 months, between Aug 2014 and Apr 2015, the couple beat Annie to the point where an autopsy revealed she had 12 fractured ribs and 7 fractured vertebrae, a ruptured stomach, and blisters and bruises all over her body.
She was slapped, whipped with a belt, kicked and had her head bashed.
That obviously wasn’t enough, and the couple moved their assaults to her buttocks, before hitting her on multiple occasions with a roll of shrink wrap that was about 0.5m long and weighed about 1kg.
At times, the henpecked Pua was a “standby slapper” – he would take over the slapping when his wife told him to.
Besides the shrink wrap, Annie was also hit with bedroom slippers, a plastic belt, a bamboo stick and a plastic dustbin.
Annie died from acute fat embolis, – She had been beaten so badly that her skin and fat dissociated from the muscle layer and the fatty tissue below the skin broke down and went into her bloodstream and lungs, affecting oxygenation of blood, and leading to cardiac and respiratory failure.
Physical abuse aside, the monstrous couple also subjected Annie to mental abuse.
They intimidated her, taunted her and undermined her self-worth, to the point where she had tried to kill herself due to the humiliation.
The couple also financially exploited Annie by forcing her to hand over her entire paycheck of S$1,200 to Tan, who then gave her a weekly allowance of S$50, which she later reduced to S$30.
33-year-old Tan was originally charged with murder, but had the charge reduced to causing grievous hurt with a weapon after a psychiatric report indicated she was suffering from moderate to severe depression and borderline personality disorder at the time of the offences.
Pua was also convicted on the charge of causing grievous hurt with a dangerous weapon.