Woman denies taking vet boyfriend's cash

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 13 September, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 13 September, 2011, 12:00am


A woman who claims she was assaulted by her vet boyfriend denied she had made the report to police to 'beat him to the punch' after he became aware that she had taken money from their joint bank account behind his back.

Vanessa Chu Man-wah, 29, was being cross-examined at the District Court trial of Tsoi Sheung-ki, 37. Tsoi had earlier pleaded not guilty to assault, false imprisonment and criminal intimidation.

Earlier, the court heard claims that the couple, who both worked at Sai Sha Road Animal Hospital, Ma On Shan, had got into an argument at the hospital after work on August 15 last year.

Tsoi is alleged to have pushed Chu towards a wall, held her by the neck and taken her to an operating room, where he took out a syringe and a pink liquid. The court heard that a pink liquid later taken from the clinic was found to be pentobarbital sodium, used to euthanise animals.

Yesterday, under questioning by Alan Ng Man-sang, Tsoi's barrister, Chu said she and Tsoi had opened a joint bank account for savings and everyday use.

But Ng said that Tsoi had planned to use the account to save money to buy property. He said several cheques had gone missing.

'You took HK$20,000 behind Mr Tsoi's back,' he said to Chu, adding later: 'Mr Tsoi knew you had taken the money from the joint account so you made a report to the police to beat him to the punch.'

Asked about the money, Chu said she had paid air fares for a trip to Japan for herself and Tsoi, and provided spending money for the holiday.

Ng suggested that on the night of the alleged assault, Chu had attempted to stop Tsoi from looking at her Facebook page, which showed pictures of her with other men's arms around her. Her relationship status was shown as 'single', Ng said.

After failing to stop him, Ng said, she threw two dumbbells towards Tsoi, which fell to the ground, leaving marks. She then threw the computer Tsoi was using to the floor. Chu, an administrative worker at the clinic, disagreed with Ng's account.

Ng suggested that Tsoi had told Chu he had not known that she was still going out to parties and being photographed with other men while dating him, and that he could not accept it.

'Mr Tsoi said he could not marry you and you lost control,' Ng said. He also suggested to Chu that Tsoi had not assaulted her. Chu disagreed with Ng's suggestions.

The trial continues tomorrow before Judge Anthea Pang Po-kam.