Wife claims ‘husband threatened to kill her’
A cook threatened to kill his wife if she did not pay him £20,000 in return for their divorce, it was claimed in the High Court.
The alleged victim locked herself in the toilets of a Chinese restaurant in south Belfast after the demand was made, according to the prosecution.
But a lawyer for the accused, Quing Shang Tong, claimed it was money owed to him for wedding and travel costs before his wife left him for another man.
Tong (25), of Lindsay Way, Belfast, denies charges of blackmail and making threats to kill.
He was refused bail due to concerns he may not turn up for his trial or potentially interfere with the investigation.
Tong was arrested on November 16 after his estranged wife called police to the Harmony Inn restaurant on the Saintfield Road.
Crown counsel Nicola Auret said the woman had locked herself in the toilets because she was afraid of her husband.
“She told police she received a telephone call from the applicant and given a demand of £20,000 from her for their divorce, and if she did not pay the money he would kill her or harm her,” the barrister said.
During interviews Tong admitted contacting the woman by phone, but denied making any threats.
Alan Blackburn, defending, said the case against his client was a purely domestic situation.