Woman jailed for attacking husband Photo: Courtesy

A 55-year-old woman in Florida, US was arrested last week for domestic battery after allegedly attacking her husband savagely for farting in bed, local media reports.

According to police records, the flatulence flap occurred around 3:20 am on December 11 at the home of Dawn Meikle. Meikle’s husband told police that she started elbowing him when he passed gas.

“Dawn began kicking him and eventually kicked him out of their bed,” according to an affidavit. The husband waited a few moments to clear the air (so to speak) before getting back in bed again.

After another ‘butt trumpet’, the man said his wife started elbowing and kicking him again. The incident was followed by a scuffle that saw his wife spray him with pepper and beat him up, Dawn Meikle told police she ran to hide in the bathroom from where he called 911.

Meikle was charged with misdemeanor domestic battery and taken to the St. Lucie County jail. The weaker sex? Think again.


Officer blamed for tragedy kills self

In other news, a government official responsible for Shenzhen landslide in China has reportedly committed suicide. Chinese state media reports that the official who approved the construction waste dump that triggered the massive landslide that killed scores last week has taken his own life by jumping off a tall building.

According to Xinhua, Xu Yuanan, the director of Shenzhen Guangming New District Urban Management Bureau, fell to his death from the top of a residential building in the Nanshan district of the city.

The Chinese government had warned that those held responsible would be “seriously punished in accordance with the law”. The powerful landslide which engulfed more than 33 buildings at an industrial park on the outskirts of Shenzhen was caused by the collapse of a pile of excavated soil and construction waste which had accumulated over the course of two years.

The urban management bureau is responsible for inspecting waste dumps and public records show it issued an order for the site to close in July until it addressed safety problems. Residents in the area, however, claim to have seen trucks unloading waste at the dump in the days leading up to the landslide.

Yu’s suicide is the second such incident to have occurred in the wake of a major industrial accident. Ma Congbo, the owner of a gypsum mine in Shandong which collapsed a week earlier, trapping several workers underground, drowned himself while working alongside rescue teams.