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Saturday, December 18, 2010

Baby not mine, says Iking's ex-husband

The former husband of TV presenter Daphne Iking said he has been excluded as being the biological father of her daughter in a DNA test. 

Chong Yiing Yih, 31, was testifying in the magistrate's court yesterday in a private prosecution he initiated against businessman Darren Choy Khin Ming for enticing Iking, knowing well that she was married.

During examination-in-chief by his counsel Wong Kien Keong, who is acting as the private prosecutor, Chong said there was a mention that the baby might not be his in emails he found between Iking and Choy.

He said he then took the baby to a clinic for a paternity test.
Chong said swabs of the child and himself were taken at the clinic and sent to Australia for a DNA test.

Asked what was the result, Chong said, "The test result said the alleged father, Chong Yiing Yih, is excluded as being the biological father of the child, Isobel Daniella Iking-Chong."

Choy, 44, allegedly committed the offence at a condominium in Taman Tun Dr Ismail between July 2007 and September 2008.

Iking and Chong were married in Bali, Indonesia, on Jan 27, 2007, but divorced last year.

Chong also told the court that he and Iking's blood group was "O", while Isobel's was "A".

He said he found the emails and Internet chats in Iking's computer.

He also said one of the chats aroused his suspicion when his ex-wife allegedly wrote to Choy on Aug 20, 2007, stating "she has your face shape, not mine, not Ryan's (referring to Chong)."

According to Chong, she was also alleged to have said "I want her to look like you, your intelligence" in the same chat.

Chong said his friend, Harold Tan, had helped him get a copy of an invoice from the Banyan Tree Bintan Resort in Indonesia that allegedly had the names of Choy and Iking for one room on April 13, 2008.

Choy's counsel, Datuk Jagjit Singh, said he would reserve cross-examining Chong for the time-being.

When Chong took the stand, he started by revealing an email that was allegedly sent to Iking by Choy on Sept 13, 2006, before he and Iking were married.

Jagjit objected, saying there was no relevance as the two were not married then.

But Chong's counsel, Wong, said he wanted to show that Choy had started enticing Iking even before she got married.

To this, Jagjit retorted: "There can be no enticement before marriage, I also could have tackled Daphne Iking before her marriage."

The second prosecution witness, Harold Tan, a 32-year-old treasury specialist, said Chong looked distraught and cried when talking to him about his suspicions on Aug 10, 2008.

Hearing before magistrate Engku Ahmad Rashdi Engku Abdillah continues on Monday. Read more: New Strait Times.  For Daphne Iking  Biodata visit : Wikipedia


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