A 47-year-old Singaporean man who abused his 48-year-old Vietnamese wife was jailed for two months and four weeks on Tuesday by the States Court after breaching a personal protection order.

Seah Kian Beng, who was married to Truong Bich for four years, verbally and physically abused his wife by punching, slapping and choking her throughout their marriage, the TODAY News reported.

The court heard that the first domestic violence was noted on October 17, 2016, during which Seah returned to their Bukit Batok home and starting shouting and scolding his wife for no apparent reason.

The woman tried to evade her husband, but before she could lock herself in a room, he punched her in the face, twisted her hand and choked her. Truong filed her case the same night after seeing Seah arm himself with a pen-knife and threaten to kill her.

The hearing did not mention when Truong was granted the personal protection order against Seah, but it was certain the domestic violence inflicted by Seah continued on at least three other occasions this year and was alcohol-fuelled.

Pleading for leniency, Seah, who was unrepresented, told the court he was under a lot of stress at work and had to service a monthly loan with “very high interest,” adding that his flat was in danger of being repossessed.

The accused also claimed that his wife was hoping for leniency because she was also afraid the flat would be repossessed.

District Judge Eddy Tham said having alcohol and violence together was “a recipe for disaster” and added that the court needed to protect spouses from violent behavior.