A jilted bridegroom, who paid $500,000 into an account he opened jointly with his fiancee's 'influential' aunt, is suing to get back an unreturned $85,000. The $500,000 payment into the International Bank of Asia account was 'dictated' as one of the terms of marriage between Samuel Chan Chi-pan and Mary Lam Yau-tsz, according to a writ filed in the District Court earlier this week. The money was paid into an account opened on August 29, 2003, in the names of Mr Chan and Ms Lam's aunt, Vera Au Tsui-ling. The aunt 'appeared to exercise strong influence on Mary', Mr Chan's lawyers alleged in the writ. 'Mary consulted the defendant on nearly all matters relating to her love affairs with the plaintiff and very often followed her instructions,' the writ said. However, Mr Chan and Ms Lam split up in September 2003. Ms Au released a total of $415,000 from the account to Mr Chan, the writ detailed. 'At all material times, the money in the joint account was paid by the plaintiff solely. Neither the defendant nor Mary had paid any money into the joint account,' the writ claims. Mr Chan's solicitors wrote to Ms Au on December 1 demanding she return $85,382.35 still in the account. She failed to give any response, the writ alleged. Mr Chan is asking the court to declare that he is entitled to any money left in the account and for the sum to be paid back.