Chinese businessman fined
The owner of Princessa Shop, Zhu Jian Chen, has been asked to pay $1,000 by the Supreme Court for assaulting and causing bodily harm to another Chinese businessman and his mother.
The sentence was handed down by Justice Tafaoimalo Leilani Tuala-Warren yesterday.
Chen was convicted of causing bodily harm and assault. He was asked to $1,000 by the end of yesterday or he would be jailed for six months.
Chen, 22, and married with two children, was represented by Te’o Richard Fa’aiuaso.
He was found guilty of beating up Wilson Fang and his mother, the owner of the Country Shop. The defendant was angry as he had lost customers after the victims tipped bus drivers to take passengers to their shop.
Police said the defendant and a few others had met at the victims' residence where the fight took place after they had attended celebrations marking the Chinese New Year at the Chinese Ambassador's residence.
During Te’o’s submission, he told the Court his client had made phone calls several times to the victim to reconcile however the victim never showed up.
Justice Tafaoimalo said she was concerned about the lack of remorse by the accused and that he should’ve made the effort to reconcile with the victim.
The attack has had a major impact on the life of the victim, the Court heard.
“He continues to feel sorry for his elderly parents and the impact that this has had on them,” said Justice Tafaoimalo.
“He also says the Chinese community now frowns at him for reporting the matter to the police. This has affected his business relationship with other Chinese people.
“Both he and his mother said there has been no reconciliation made by the accused.
"Wilson’s mother said she will never forgive the accused for what he had done.”
Justice Tafaoimalo went on to say that that aggravating factor for the matter is that there are two victims of the offending and it involves violence.
“Wilson suffered physical injuries as a result of your actions,” she told the accused.
“Not only did the accused physically abuse Wilson but he drove his car towards him.
“I find the other aggravating factor that the other victim is an elderly woman.
“She wasn’t able to stand against you according to her age and this goes against our cultural of respecting our elders.
“The prosecution does not recommend a sentence but does stress the impact that has affected on the victims. I am concerned about the lack of remorse and he should’ve made the effort to reconcile with the victim.”