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Jealous Wife Smashes 18 Cars With Hammer

December 5, 2002

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SINGAPORE (AP) _ A used-car salesman’s wife, who suspected her husband of having an affair, smashed 18 cars with a hammer during a five-minute rampage at their Singapore dealership, police said Thursday.

A 34-year-old woman, identified only as Mrs. Tu, bashed in the windscreens of Mercedes, BMWs and Volvos on Tuesday, and also destroyed a computer and telephone, media reported. The damage was estimated at $56,500, Channel NewsAsia reported.

The car dealership is owned by Robin Tu, 37, and his wife, the Straits Times newspaper reported.

Tu believed her husband was cheating on her, but hadn’t confronted him. ``I hit first, then ask later,″ she told the newspaper.

Friends told her that her husband had a mistress after he started coming home later than usual last month.

``At first I thought it was just a mistake,″ Tu said. ``But a few days ago, he didn’t come home till dawn. When he did it again on Tuesday morning _ I snapped.″

Police were investigating to determine whether any criminal offense had been committed, spokesman Ang Poon Seng said.

Mrs. Tu said she will file for a divorce and that she felt better after venting her anger. ``I slept much better than I had in days,″ she said. ``It is my shop, my cars _ I can do what I like to them.″

Vandalism normally draws strict punishments in Singapore. American teenager Michael Fay was flogged for spray-painting cars in 1994.

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