Bungled Internet love

2014-05-08 00:00

A CHINESE “Internet bride”, Sanhuan Wang, who alleges she was beaten up by her South African husband, Raymond Watt, and his friend, Trevor Hudson, in a restaurant car park on December 15 last year has vehemently denied defence suggestions that she was drunk that night.

Wang insisted in her evidence before Pietermaritzburg magistrate Paul van Dongen on Monday that she drank only two glasses, each containing a single shot of whisky and Coke, on the night in question.

She alleges that Hudson and Watt — whom she married in China in 2009 after they’d earlier met via the Internet — had inflicted severe injuries on her by assaulting her in the car park outside the Olive Tree restaurant.

She alleged she was assaulted because she was reluctant to leave the restaurant as she wanted to search for a stone that had fallen out of her ring.

She was rescued by an eye witness who bundled her into her car, drove her to safety and later took her to hospital.

The following day, Wang obtained an interim protection order in the magistrate’s court against her husband.

The state alleges in its charge sheet that the assault on Wang consisted of her being hit with fists, pushed into a car door, kicked and grabbed by her hair.

Defence attorney Richard Stretch confirmed that the accuseds’ defence is one of a “bare denial” that they assaulted Wang.

During cross examination, he suggested to Wang that she’d had “a lot more to drink” than she claimed; that her husband had been “concerned” about her drinking and he also questioned her about an incident in April 2010 when Watt’s “soft top sports model” Nissan 350Z was damaged.

Wang denied that she was responsible for damage to the top of the vehicle.

However, she admitted that she did “kick the windscreen out” of the car during an incident at Umhlanga Rocks in April 2010 while highly intoxicated.

She added, however, “Why don’t you ask him [Watt] about using a rock on the windscreen?”.

When Stretch questioned Wang about the amount of alcohol she had drunk, she told him, “I don’t understand. How does my taking a drink affect these people assaulting me?”.

Stretch repeatedly told Wang — who testified via an interpreter — to refrain from answering his questions before they could be interpreted, and not to ask him questions, but to answer them.

Wang denied that she was drunk on the night, and said she was unable to say why a doctor who examined her at Northdale Hospital had stated in a report that she’d appeared to him to be clinically intoxicated.

“That means that just by looking at you he got the impression that you were drunk …” Stretch told her.

Wang replied that she had been “dizzy” from the assault on her, but repeatedly said she was not drunk.

Wang also denied allegations that she had annoyed a group of partygoers playing a “drinking game” at the restaurant bar that night, by periodically going over to their table and “downing” the contents of the glasses lined up in front of them as part of the game.

The case is proceeding today.

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