The woman who alleges she was indecently assaulted by horse trainer Danny Shum Chap-shing did not appear to testify at the start of his trial because she was 'very scared', Sha Tin Court heard yesterday. The 32-year-old married housewife and mother of three did not say why she was afraid. She apologised to Magistrate Pang Chung-ping for not attending the first day of Shum's trial on Monday, after arriving about 20 minutes late yesterday. The woman was testifying against Shum, who faces one charge of indecent assault for allegedly kissing and touching her intimately in a car park at the Regal Riverside Hotel in Sha Tin in the early hours of January 13. Shum has pleaded not guilty. The woman told the court that on the night of the alleged incident, she went to the Old Bar in Sha Tin alone because she and her husband had argued. She said Shum, who was sitting with some friends at a separate table, approached her and started chatting after his companions left. He showed her his Jockey Club staff ID and said he was a horse trainer. Shum asked why she was upset and offered to take her out to eat. He said during the conversation that he had been drinking with people from the Jockey Club earlier. When they left the bar, Shum walked her to her seven-seater van and she got into the driver's seat. She said he suddenly jumped into the same seat and started driving. He stopped in the Regal Riverside's car park, in an area with few cars. Still in the driver's seat with her, he kissed her while holding her neck so she could not move, she said. She climbed into the passenger seat, but he followed her, holding her legs between his. He touched her breasts and groin and asked several times if she would spend the night with him. When two construction workers walked by, she said, Shum grabbed his belongings and left the vehicle. Although she did not want to report the incident to police, because 'it didn't reach the level of rape', her husband insisted that she should. Asked later why she did not fight back, she said: 'He's a horse trainer. I'm just a woman.' For Shum, Lawrence Lok Ying-kam SC said the two had in fact begun kissing outside the Old Bar. Shum had driven to the hotel and stopped near a taxi stand, where they behaved intimately. The woman had noticed that passers-by could see and Shum suggested going into the car park. During the incident, the woman touched his lower body. She did not want to report it to police because she consented, Mr Lok said. The woman disagreed, noting that she had told her husband about the incident. 'If I had consented, why would I tell him?' she said. The trial continues next Monday.