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Tuesday, 23 January, 2001, 17:00 GMT
Teenager pleaded for father's life
Royal Gwent Hospital
Jan Pasalbessy was attacked at the Royal Gwent Hospital
A teenager saw her father beaten to death by a group who racially abused him in the grounds of a hospital, a court has been told.

Christina Pasalbessy, 14, told Newport Crown Court that she saw her father punched and kicked to the floor as she pleaded with his attackers to leave him alone.

Jan Pasalbessy
Jan Pasalbessy was 'kicked and punched'
Jan Pasalbessy, 48, a former Indonesian seaman from the Duffryn area of Newport, had been at the hospital taking his 14-year-old daughter Christina to casualty.

Earlier she had been beaten up by a young girl in the Pill area of the town, egged on by one of the defendants - 19-year-old mother-of-two Emma Oates.

Witnesses told the court that there was obvious hostility when they met again in casualty.

Ms Oates was with three friends - Ashley Haynes, 18, Roger Talbot, 21, and a 16- year-old youth, who cannot be named for legal reasons. All deny murder.

Ms Pasalbessy said she was so concerned she would be attacked again that she telephoned the police before leaving the hospital.


When he landed on the road there was a loud crack

Christina Pasalbessy
"I told them that there was going to be a fight," she told the court.

She went onto say that as she and her father left the hospital, all four defendants followed them.

Ms Pasalbessy then outlined a steam of offensive, racist language and gestures spoken by one of them to Mr Pasalbessy.

"They pushed him again and dad tripped over the foot of one of them. When he landed on the road there was a loud crack."

'Brutal and cowardly'

And as he lay on the ground, she said all four landed "hard kicks".

Mr Pasalbessy died the following day.

The prosecution claim Ms Oates orchestrated the "brutal and cowardly" attack.

Patrick Harrington QC, prosecuting, claims Ms Oates orchestrated the "brutal and cowardly" attack.

He described it as the culmination of a campaign of "hostility and aggression" towards Mr Pasalbessy.

The trial continues.

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