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Monday, 5 February, 2001, 20:01 GMT
Teenager denies part in 'racist' murder
Royal Gwent Hospital
Jan Pasalbessy was attacked at the Royal Gwent Hospital
A mother-of-two has told a murder trial she took no part in an alleged racist attack on Indonesian-born Jan Pasalbessy.

Emma Oates, 19, claimed it was her co-accused who punched and kicked Mr Pasalbessy as she screamed at them to stop.

Ms Oates was in tears as she gave evidence to the jury of 10 men and two women at Newport Crown Court.

She had followed 21-year-old Roger Talbot - who is the father of her youngest daughter - 18-year-old Ashley Haynes and a 16-year-old youth as they left the Royal Gwent Hospital in Newport last June.

Outside she said she saw Jan Pasalbessy making Kung Fu gestures at the boy, who mimicked him.

Jan Pasalbessy
Jan Pasalbessy was 'kicked and punched'
The two exchanged blows.

Mr Pasalbessy fell as he ran away and as he lay motionless on the floor, Miss Oates claims he was punched and kicked by Mr Haynes.

She also accused Mr Talbot of kicking him twice in the head and punching him.

She told the jury that she played no part in the assault.

Mr Pasalbessy had been at the hospital with his 14 year old daughter Christina, who had been assaulted earlier that day.

Cross examined by Mr Talbot's barrister, Roger Thomas QC, Miss Oates denied that she had offered to pay a friend 10 to hit the girl after an air vent at her home was broken.

Punched and kicked

All four deny murder.

Mr Talbot, Mr Haynes and youth admit manslaughter.

Earlier in the trial, Christina Pasalbessy, 14, told the court that she saw her father punched and kicked to the floor as she pleaded with his attackers to leave him alone.

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, 48, a former Indonesian seaman from the Duffryn area of Newport.

The trial continues.

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