Chinese bride breaks down in court

2014-05-09 00:00

THE Chinese wife of Underberg businessman Raymond Watt, who has accused him and his friend, Trevor Hudson, of beating her in the parking lot outside a local restaurant last December, broke down in tears more than once under cross-examination in the magistrate’s court yesterday.

Sanhuan Wang (44) alleges that Watt, owner of Thaba Tours — whom she initially met on the Internet and later married in China during 2009 — assaulted her by, among other things, pushing her, pulling her by her hair and kicking her in the car park outside the Olive Tree restaurant on the night of December 15.

She alleges that Hudson joined him in the assault and that Watt did nothing to stop him beating her.

She was rescued by a woman named “Lisa” who intervened and took her to safety.

The defence has suggested that Wang was “drunk” on the night in question and fell in the car park, but she vehemently denied this in her evidence and said she only had two single shots of whisky mixed with Coke to drink that night.

Yesterday, when defence attorney Richard Stretch began to question Wang about alleged differences and “inconsistencies” between her testimony in court and the contents of an application for a protection order against Watt which she brought on January 10 this year — three weeks after the incident — Wang became distraught.

She told the court it was possible that the interpreter had failed to interpret the fact that she said she was “punched” by Watt in the vehicle (as she stated when she applied for the protection order).

However, after an adjournment to enable court officials to listen to a recording of the evidence, the interpreter said he had not made a mistake in that regard.

Wang later told the court there was no Mandarin (Chinese) interpreter available when she made a statement to the police, nor her affidavit for a protection order.

The case has been adjourned to July 28 for further evidence.

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