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Saturday 3 December 2016

Casino boss assaulted pregnant ex who 'felt lucky baby survived'

Casino boss assaulted pregnant ex who 'felt lucky baby survived'
Casino boss assaulted pregnant ex who 'felt lucky baby survived'

A PREGNANT woman who was assaulted by her casino boss ex-boyfriend in a Dublin street told a court she was lucky her baby survived.

Jin Chen (47) assaulted her when she confronted him outside his card club to tell him she believed he was the child's father.

Chen lifted the woman's leg as they argued, flipping her on to her back on the ground, where he left her without calling an ambulance, Dublin District Court heard.

She was kept in hospital for observation overnight, but her baby was unharmed and was born three months later, the court heard.

Chen, of Buckingham Street Upper, Dublin 1, denied assaulting Yan Yan Fan in Parnell Street on September 1, 2011.

Judge Patricia McNamara found him guilty and adjourned the case for a pre-sentence probation report.

Ms Fan told the court the accused had paid her €3,000 to go to the UK to get an abortion but she did not and he refused to take her calls.

She alleged he was spreading rumours in the Chinese community that the child was not his and she went to his club at 12.30am to "clear her name".

Outside, she said he began accusing her of looking for his money because he was a businessman.

She said they pushed each other and a man known to Chen stepped in and held her two hands.

Chen approached her and she lifted her right foot as she thought he was going to attack her.

"He caught my right foot and lifted it up and put me on the ground," she said.

She hurt her back and elbow and "I couldn't move because there was so much pain", she said.

"He assaulted me, trying to make me have a miscarriage," she alleged. "I was lucky my baby survived."

She denied that she lost her balance while trying to kick out.

Chen maintained Ms Fan grabbed him, kicked him and stopped him from leaving.

"The last time she tried to kick me . . . she was not successful and she fell," he said. "There is no way I would have assaulted her."

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