Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 30 July 2014

Cook denies blackmail charges

A man accused of threatening to kill his wife if she did not pay him £20,000 for their divorce has been banned from leaving Bangor, where he works as a cook.

The alleged victim must also be informed about legal advice available to deal with any such money demands, a High Court judge directed.

Lord Justice Coghlin ordered that the accused, Quing Shang Tong, should not be released until his wife is told of the decision to grant him bail.

Tong (25), of Lindsay Way, Belfast, denies charges of blackmail and making threats to kill.

He was arrested last month after his estranged wife called police to a Chinese restaurant on the city's Saintfield Road.

The woman claimed he had phoned her and asked for £20,000 to secure their divorce.

According to the prosecution, he said he would kill or harm her if the cash was not paid.

Tong's lawyer contended that it was money owed to him for wedding costs before his wife left him for another man.

Granting bail, the judge said: “He is not to leave Bangor under any circumstances without permission of the police in Bangor.”

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