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Man gets jail, cane for horror attack on ex-girlfriend

1 Following a quarrel, Ms Zhang Jie picks up a kitchen knife and warns her ex-boyfriend Xiao Guiliang not to come near her. He wrests the knife away.
2 Xiao pushes Ms Zhang down onto the floor and positions himself on top of her. He viciously stabs and slashes her multiple times.
3 Xiao hears the police shouting outside his flat and comes out of his room. Officers move in to arrest him.
VICTIM: Ms Zhang Jie suffered 192 injuries and was pronounced dead at around 3.30am on July 7, 2013.


He attacked his ex-girlfriend, inflicting on her a shocking 192 wounds and bruises before she died.

Among the 24-year-old's injuries, Ms Zhang Jie's left eye was out of its socket and she had a wound on her neck that almost entirely severed her windpipe.

Driver Xiao Guiliang, 31, was jailed for 12 years and ordered to receive six strokes of the cane yesterday after pleading guilty to culpable homicide not amounting to murder.

He committed the offence in a flat at Block 674, Choa Chu Kang Crescent on July 7, 2013.

Read the full report in our print edition on March 4.

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Peeping Tom caught in ITE changing room

'LADY' BOY: He pleads with the student who caught him.
'LADY' BOY: The man entered the ladies' changing room wearing a short black skirt, a wig and a pink bra, but his ruse is uncovered.

A short black skirt, wig, a baseball cap and a pink bra - these were part of a 21-year-old's getup in the ladies' changing room.

The only problem was, he was a man.

On March 2, the imposter was caught peeping in the changing room at ITE College West.

Photos showing the alleged peeping Tom in his getup were taken and uploaded to social media sites, drawing mockery from many users.

A video also showed the man - who is not a student at the school - on his knees begging to be let off at one point.

Police have since arrested the man for criminal trespass, and he is believed to be under investigation for outraging the modesty of a woman, having allegedly taken photos and videos while in the changing room.

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Woman dies after fall from West Coast Highway

A 25-year-old woman is believed to have died after falling from West Coast Highway on Tuesday (March 3) afternoon.

She was found lying motionless on Telok Blangah Road, reported The Straits Times.

Police received a call at about 3.20pm. The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) sent an ambulance to the area.

The Vietnamese woman was pronounced dead at the scene.

An SCDF spokesman said a man in his 20s who was at the scene refused to be taken to hospital.

The Straits Times understands that the woman and the man were travelling on a motorcycle on West Coast Highway just before the woman fell to her death.

The woman landed in front of a bus stop near Seah Im Food Centre.

Police are investigating the unnatural death.

Source: The Straits Times

Indian state bans beef, introduces jail time for possession

Rescued cattle are seen at a cow shelter, run by  an arm of the Hindu nationalist group Vishwa Hindu Parishad, in a village in the  western Indian state of Maharashtra
Rescued cattle are seen at a cow shelter, run by an arm of the Hindu nationalist group Vishwa Hindu Parishad, in a village in the western Indian state of Maharashtra

India’s western state of Maharashtra has introduced a ban on beef so strict that even possession could land you in jail for five years, media reports and the chief minister said on Tuesday (March 3).

The country’s Hindu majority considers cows sacred, and several states already ban their slaughter.

But the latest measures in Maharashtra – home to India’s commercial centre Mumbai – go even further, making sale or possession of beef an offence punishable by a five-year jail term or a 10,000 rupee (S$220) fine.

The Indian Express newspaper said the measures became law after President Pranab Mukherjee gave his assent to a legal amendment passed by the state parliament two decades ago.

The measures include a ban on the slaughter of bulls and bullocks, hitherto legal with a vet’s certificate, although it will still be legal to slaughter buffalo.

Maharashtra’s chief minister Devendra Fadnavis tweeted his thanks to the president, saying “our dream of ban on cow slaughter becomes a reality now”.

Complete ban

Right-wing Hindu groups in India have long demanded a complete ban on the slaughter of all cattle, citing religious scriptures.

The main players in the beef industry are Muslims, the country’s largest religious minority, who make up about some 13 per cent of India’s 1.25-billion population.

Maharashtra state is ruled by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party in alliance with the far-right Shiv Sena party.

Source: AFP

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Shearer to be recognised with a statue in his home city

Alan Shearer is Newcastle United's most prolific marksman
Alan Shearer is Newcastle United's most prolific marksman

Newcastle’s record goalscorer Alan Shearer is to be recognised with a statue in his home city.

Former Magpies chairman Freddy Shepherd has resurrected plans to establish a permanent tribute to the now 44-year-old, who scored 206 goals for the club during a glittering 10-year career on Tyneside.

Northumberland artist Tom Maley, who was initially commissioned eight years ago, will now complete the 9’6” statue, which will take four months to cast.

Shepherd’s family business, Shepherd Offshore, will pick up the tab.

The former Newcastle supremo told Press Association Sport: “It’s been resurrected. We have commissioned Tom Maley to finish it off — the family thought it was the right thing to do.

“We, along with the Halls, signed him and he was a great servant to Newcastle, so that’s why we are doing it.

Getting it done

“The idea was to put it in the Exhibition Park Museum, but we have had so many enquiries from the city about where to put it, so what we are doing is getting it finished first and then we will worry about where it’s going to go.”

Newcastle paid a then world record £15million ($31.4m) to lure Geordie Shearer from Blackburn to St James’ Park, but the investment paid off handsomely as he surpassed Jackie Milburn as the club’s most prolific marksman.

Shearer remains a hero with the Toon Army and was briefly handed the managerial reins by current owner Mike Ashley, who bought out the Shepherd and Hall families in 2007, although even he could not prevent the club slipping from the English Premier League at the end of the 2008/09 season.

Source: PA Sport