Lawyer seeks $290k from ex-boyfriend

Lawyer seeks $290k from ex-boyfriend
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A soured relationship, which included assault claims, has led a lawyer to seek nearly $290,000 in damages and medical costs from her ex-boyfriend.

He, in turn, has countered that she had sought $1.8 million from him to settle the matter privately, without involving the police.

Ms Geraldine Ong, 28, claims in court papers that Mr Lim Kwang Wei, 31, hit her three times in 2012, causing her injuries that required outpatient treatment.

Mr Lim, a bank associate, denies these claims. Besides saying she wanted money, he also wants her to return $36,848 of his, according to defence papers filed by his Drew & Napier lawyer, Mr Wendell Wong.

Mr Lim says the money was given to Ms Ong on the understanding that she would repay him.

The issue before the High Court is whether her claims, if supported by the evidence, were excessive.

Ms Ong, in court documents filed by lawyer Suresh Damodara of Damodara Hazra LLP, claims that Mr Lim hit her when she stayed overnight at his parents' house in July 2012. She says he assaulted her again about 17 hours later when she returned to the house and later received outpatient treatment for bruises and a minor head injury.

A more serious attack is said to have taken place when she was driving him in his car along the Kallang- Paya Lebar Expressway (KPE) towards Tuas, after picking him up at Marina Bay Sands on Oct 6, 2012, at about 3am.

She claims he struck her in the face, body and arms and continued to hit her after the car stopped, and that she later collapsed.

He claims that she had fainted- as she did at least twice before when they quarrelled. Although the police and an ambulance had arrived, it was he who persuaded her to go to hospital, he says.

She was treated at Tan Tock Seng Hospital and claims that the bruises impaired hearing in her left ear and that she could not raise her left arm properly, among other things.

She wants $67,000 in medical costs and more than $221,000 in general damages for the injuries suffered.

Mr Limdenies the alleged assault in his room in July 2012 and says they quarrelled that night after an earlier tiff and she had hit him.

He says she tried to stop him from leaving and he had used "reasonable force" to protect himself and to restrain her. He claims the alleged second assault never happened as he was not at home.

He adds that the couple had quarrelled while driving along the KPE tunnel and that he had got out of the car. She drove behind him and, at one point, he reached into the car through the front passenger window to tell her to stop trying to intercept him.

He accuses her of hitting him and claims he acted to protect himself. He says that later, after she was discharged from the hospital, she apologised and they reconciled.

He claims that in January 2013, she asked for money to settle matters privately without police involvement.

vijayan@sph.com.sg


This article was first published on September 12, 2015.
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