Indian jailed in Melbourne, Australia for attacking ex-wife in public place

MELBOURNE: An Indian man, who punched his estranged wife in the face and stabbed her at a pizza shop here, has been sentenced to eight months in jail, a media report said on Sunday.

The man, who was not named, jumped the counter of the pizza shop where his ex-wife works and tried to throttle her.

He told her that if she didn’t die, he’d come back, saying: “I’ll kill you. If you are safe today, next time I’ll kill you definitely.”

The Ringwood Magistrates’ Court was told last week that the man, an Indian national, punched his wife in the face and stabbed her in shoulder with a sauce spreader, Herald Sun reported.

The couple had separated this year after three years of marriage.

The woman had been granted an intervention order against her estranged husband in March. The attack took place last month.

The court heard the man was irate because he believed his wife had used him to secure Australian residency.

He claimed she had started seeing another man shortly after their wedding.

The court heard the man was high on synthetic cannabis at the time of the attack and claimed not to remember it.

Arguing he suffered a psychiatric illness, the man promised Magistrate Doug Bolster he would return to India to seek psychiatric treatment if he were released on a suspended sentence.

But the judge said there was no evidence the man was mentally ill, and even if he went to India, there was nothing to stop his returning to Australia.

“My concern is for the welfare of the victim,” he said, sentencing the man to eight months’ jail.