The conviction of a former Army psychiatrist for trying to kill her former boyfriend’s wife in Ocean Township has been upheld, according to the Asbury Park Press.
A Superior Court judge in Freehold said the victim’s testimony was not compromised when her husband helped her identify the suspect through the Internet.
Dr. Cecilia X. Chen, 36, of Silver Spring, Md., was convicted in 2006 of the Jan. 26, 2005 attack on Helen Kim.
Posing as a stranded driver, Chen entered the Ocean Township home that Kim shared with her husband Johann Christian. She then stabbed Helen Kim with a kitchen knife. Kim and her unborn child survived.
The victim not only gave police a description of her attacker, but also drew a picture. Noticing that the drawing looked like Chen – his ex-girlfriend who had unexpectedly called him days earlier – Johann Christian had his wife look at photos on a website, but did not tell her his suspicions.
Helen Kim identified Chen from a picture online. She was only slightly unsure because her attacker had worn glasses, and Chen did not in the photo. But Kim was certain once her sister drew glasses on the picture.
“With the ubiquitous nature of the internet and the proliferation of social media sites such as Facebook, this type of self-help by crime victims is inevitable,” Judge Francis P. DeStefano ruled.
The judge also noted that Kim had identified Chen quickly from the photo, and already had given police an extremely detailed description of her attacker.