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Published: Monday December 20, 2010 MYT 8:25:00 PM
Updated: Tuesday December 21, 2010 MYT 9:39:58 PM

Daphne Iking's ex-husband admits he had affair with GRO in China

KUALA LUMPUR: Daphne Iking’s ex-husband Ryan Chong Yiing Yih also had an affair while they were still married, the Magistrate's court heard Monday.

Businessman Chong, 32, who has taken corporate figure Darren Choy Khin Ming, 45, to court in a private summons for "enticing his wife", confessed that he had "met someone" while working in China.

When cross-examined by Choy's counsel Datuk Jagjit Singh, he admitted he had met a guest-relations officer (GRO) named Serena in a karaoke club in Shanghai, in June 2007.

However, he said he confessed the matter to a pregnant Iking a month later, in July, seeking her forgiveness because he felt he had done wrong, and said she had forgiven him.

Jagjit then put it to him that he was lying, saying that he had confessed to Iking because Serena had contacted Iking via her (Iking's) blog, which was the reason he had made the confession to Iking before she could confront him about it.

Chong disagreed, saying Iking was not aware of the matter before he told her about it.

He also denied paying Serena RMB2mil (about RM941,000) to buy her silence.

Jagjit then accused Chong of being driven by greed, for demanding RM5mil from Choy, which was later reduced to RM2.5mil, and RM1mil from Iking, for the settlement of the matter before it was brought to court, which Chong denied.

Jagjit: But you demanded RM1mil from her.

Chong: That's not greed. That's compensation for not telling me and my family she was pregnant with some other person's kid. Even after the baby was born, she continued to portray the kid as mine.

He also admitted to giving Iking and her child four days to leave their home.

Choy has been charged under Section 498 of the Penal Code with enticing Iking, knowing that she was a married woman, with the intention of having sexual intercourse.

He allegedly committed the offence at a condominium unit in Taman Tun Dr Ismail here between July 2007 and September last year.

If found guilty, Choy can be jailed up to two years, fined or both.

Representing Chong is lawyer Chris Lim and Wong Kian Kheong, while lawyers Jagjit and Akbardin Abdul Kader stood as counsel for Choy.

The hearing before magistrate Engku Ahmad Rashdi Engku Abdillah continues on March 4, next year.

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