Man douses wife with petrol, threatens to set her on fire
He admits to abducting and assaulting her after she refused his attempts to reconcile
Upset that his estranged wife rejected his attempts at reconciliation, a man threatened to kill his spouse after abducting the woman and dousing her with petrol.
He also threatened to kill himself.
Murugan Nondoh, now 40, also told his close friend that he was not going to "let anyone have the victim since he cannot have her".
Police arrested him at Tuas Checkpoint and rescued his wife - Ms Krishnaveny Subramaniam, 40 - at around 11pm on July 2, 2019.
The Malaysian couple were on the way back to Johor Baru.
Ms Krishnaveny's relative had earlier alerted the police to his plans.
Murugan, who appeared in a district court in Singapore via video-link yesterday, pleaded guilty to multiple charges over offences that included abduction, criminal intimidation and assault.
The court heard that the couple were married in 2007 and lived in Johor Baru.
The marriage soured, and police learnt in their investigations that Murugan was physically abusive towards his wife.
He was also in debt because of his gambling habits.
In March 2019, Murugan accused his wife of having an affair, which she denied.
Later that month, she moved into her mother's home in Johor Baru and filed for divorce.
Murugan tried to reconcile with his wife but she refused to get back together with him.
In June that year, he found out from his sister that Ms Krishnaveny managed to secure a job in Singapore.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Delicia Tan said: "Hoping to meet the victim, the accused waited at the Malaysian checkpoint for about four hours on five to six days in June 2019."
On June 25, 2019, he saw her at the Malaysian checkpoint.
He chased her, grabbed her bag and searched it, finding her work permit which stated that she was working in Woodlands.
After this incident, Murugan rode his motorcycle from Malaysia to his wife's workplace on multiple occasions to look for her.
He even applied for a job there, the court heard.
On July 2, Ms Krishnaveny was talking to her niece in Malaysia on the phone while walking out of her workplace when Murugan rode towards her from behind.
The DPP said: "The accused used his arm to grab her neck from behind. The victim struggled to break free and shouted for help while crying... She also dropped her handphone."
The call was not disconnected and the niece heard the commotion between the couple. She then told her mother, who alerted the police in Singapore.
Meanwhile, Murugan chased after Ms Krishnaveny on his motorcycle, grabbed the woman and pulled her towards him.
He also emptied a bottle of petrol on his wife and threatened to set her on fire if she refused to go with him.
Out of fear, she got onto the motorcycle. The pair rode away before Murugan alighted and assaulted her.
Over the next five hours, they rode around aimlessly before finally stopping at a cemetery near Nirvana Memorial Garden in Old Choa Chu Kang Road.
Throughout the evening, he told his wife multiple times that he would burn her and kill himself afterwards.
Murugan then phoned a friend and asked the man to "bid farewell" to his friends on his behalf.
The prosecutor added: "After hanging up the call... the accused made the victim promise... that if he took her back to (Johor Baru), she would not make any 'problems' for him, he would not get into trouble and she would reconcile with him.
"The victim also repeatedly assured him that he would not get into trouble."
Murugan then agreed to take his wife back to Malaysia.
They were at the Tuas Checkpoint at around 11pm where they tried but failed to obtain clearance after scanning their passports and thumbprints.
Police officers arrived soon after to rescue Ms Krishnaveny and arrest Murugan.
She was taken to Ng Teng Fong General Hospital, where she was diagnosed with bruises and petroleum product ingestion.
Murugan will be sentenced on Sept 29.
For abduction, an offender can be jailed for up to seven years and fined or caned, or receive any combination of such punishments.