Witness describes how businessman’s wife was beaten

2014-10-15 00:00

A PATRON described yesterday how she rushed to the aid of a woman who was being assaulted in a car outside a local restaurant last year.

Lise van Zuydam Moodie was the first person to come to the aid of Sanhuan Wang (44), wife of the Underberg businessman Raymond Watt, who is accused with his friend, Trevor Hudson, of beating her in the parking lot outside Olive Tree restaurant on December 15 last year.

The two men have pleaded not guilty.

Moodie, who took Wang to Grey’s Hospital, said she was on a phone call outside the restaurant when she heard a woman screaming.

As she approached the couple’s vehicle she saw an elbow moving back and forth, she said, simulating punching.

Then a woman fell out of the car.

Defence attorney Richard Stretch tore into the evidence presented by Moodie, pointing out discrepancies between her testimony and her written statement to police.

At one point, magistrate Paul van Dongen had to intervene to calm tempers as Stretch lost his cool and complained that Moodie was answering questions before he finished asking them.

“At this rate, we will be here for another two weeks,” he said.

Moodie stood her ground, time and again, at times smiling nervously and apologising for misunderstanding questions.

She conceded that there were differences between her statements.

Stretch said Moodie’s statement was tainted and the details suggested she had consulted extensively with Wang before writing it.

At the end of her testimony, Moodie, however, stuck to what she saw.

“ I saw an arm moving up and down like punching something … then she [the victim] slipped out of the car seat and fell on her bum,” she said.

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