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SINGAPORE - A dentist in Beijing who sued his Singapore-based former lover to recover 40 million yuan (S$8.6 million) he transferred to her during their three-year relationship has succeeded in most of his claims.

Chinese national Lyu Jun, 57, said he had transferred money to businesswoman Wei Ho-Hung, 40, so that they could build a life together in Singapore.

The transfers were for specific purposes, such as buying an apartment at D'Leedon, a condominium complex in Leedon Heights, and a Mercedes-Benz GLC250, and were not intended as gifts, he said.

On the other hand, Ms Wei, who was from China, said everything was meant as a gift of love to her.

On Friday (Nov 26), High Court judge Philip Jeyaretnam said in a written judgment: "Ultimately, the question of who is telling the truth can be tested against the contemporaneous messages."

Justice Jeyaretnam considered the WeChat messages between the pair in early 2017 and found that Mr Lyu did not intend the apartment and the car to be outright gifts.

"Their common future lay in Singapore and buying a home and car here expressed Mr Lyu's commitment to that future," said the judge.

That was why Mr Lyu said he "bought a house and car", without adding the words "for you", the judge said.

The judge added: "There were times when her messages dramatically called out for chivalric demonstrations of love and affection... Nonetheless, reading her messages in totality, I find that she recognised that the D'Leedon apartment was not hers."

Mr Lyu and Ms Wei first met at a medical conference in 2016.

Ms Wei, who set up a medical technology company in Singapore in 2014, said Mr Lyu had promised to divorce his wife and marry her.

She has five children - three by her former husband, one by her former boyfriend, and one fathered by Mr Lyu via surrogacy in Cambodia.

Their relationship soured around September 2018, and ended in May 2019, when Mr Lyu was arrested as the ...