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Parents' pain over Vic fatal assault case

AAP logoAAP 9/11/2016 Caitlin Guilfoyle

The mother of a Chinese student who was fatally assaulted in Melbourne has been ordered to leave a courtroom after she set upon a woman who admitted taking part in the attack.

Jeremy Hu's mother slapped and stomped on Sirui Luo in court on Wednesday, before Luo admitted her involvement in the incident that was allegedly sparked by a love triangle.

Security were also called to escort Mr Hu's father out of the Melbourne Magistrates' Court room, after he screamed out loudly before CCTV footage of the alleged attack on April 15 was screened.

Both were eventually allowed back, with Mr Hu's mother clutching a framed photograph of her only child as she sobbed through parts of the hearing.

In a statement, she said seeking justice over Mr Hu's death was their "only motivation to live on".

"We have lived in the abyss of agony and can't get out of it," she said.

"Our son was an outstanding boy who had a heart of gold."

Mr Hu, a keen basketball player, was a student at Melbourne's Yarra Valley Grammar school.

The 19-year-old died on April 23, days after he was taken to hospital and placed on life support with a fractured skull and brain injury after an attack in a Chinatown laneway.

A 17-year-old boy, who cannot be named, had arranged to meet Mr Hu that night, because Mr Hu was in a relationship with a woman the teen was interested in, crown prosecutor Damien Hannan said.

Both Mr Hu and the teen were with groups of friends when a fight broke out, and Mr Hu was allegedly punched, kicked and stomped on, the court heard.

Shengliang Wan, 22, has been charged with Mr Hu's murder and will face a committal hearing next year, which will determine if he should stand trial.

He is accused of stomping on Mr Hu's head a number of times.

Luo, 21, pleaded guilty to one count of common law assault on Wednesday after admitting that she kicked the victim once as he sat upright following the fight.

Her lawyer, Steve Pica, said Luo wouldn't press charges after being "slapped forcibly and stomped upon" by Mr Hu's mother.

Luo spent 17 days in custody after her arrest and will likely be fined up to $5000 when she is sentenced on November 16, the day before she is expected to fly back to China, the court heard.

Another man, Hanjie Liu, 23, faces assault and affray charges and is due back in court later this month, while the 17-year-old boy has pleaded guilty to similar charges in a children's court.

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