South African charged with attempted murder in Kaohsiung city – Taiwan English News

A South African national has been charged with attempted murder following an incident of domestic violence last month.

According to reports in United Daily News and Free timethe man named Bowers, and his wife, also South African, had been living in Taiwan for over a year and both worked as English teachers.

During the Lunar New Year holiday, the couple went to a nightclub with a group of friends, but Bowers came home alone. At 8 a.m. on February 5, Bower’s wife returned to the couple’s apartment in Gushan District and confessed that she had had a one-night stand with a colleague.

Bowers allegedly flew into a fit of rage and slapped his wife before strangling her with a USB charging cord until she passed out. When the woman regained consciousness, Bowers attacked her again, shaved her hair with an electric razor and resumed strangling her with the deal saying “I’ll let you die”.

According to evidence presented to the Kaohsiung District Prosecutor, Bowers suddenly came to his senses and let his wife go. The woman then locked herself in a bedroom, scaled a balcony railing and called for help from a ledge outside the second floor flat.

The police arrested Bowers and sent his wife to the hospital. According to a medical report, the woman’s injuries included a facial hematoma, bruising to her neck and right shoulder, and bruising to her right hand.

Bowers has been held in custody since the time of the incident and was formally charged with attempted murder by the Kaohsiung District Prosecutor’s Office today, March 11.

A policeman helps a woman climb over a balcony railing.
A police officer helps a woman climb over a balcony railing after fleeing an incident of domestic violence.

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