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May 23, 2019

Bit actor who knocked expectant dad into coma in 2016 convicted of assault

October 5, 2018
Shu Ng appears in State Supreme Court on Sept. 24. Ng, an ex-con was convicted of second-degree assault on Thursday. (Alec Tabak for New York Daily News)

An ex-con and small-time actor who punched an expectant new dad into a coma and left him with lasting debilitating injuries was convicted at trial Wednesday in the 2016 unprompted attack.

Shu Ng, 42, was convicted of second-degree assault at trial in Manhattan Supreme Court after little more than an hour of jury deliberations for the callous attack that left his 44-year-old victim permanently blind.

Ng faces up to seven years behind bars when he’s sentenced later this month.

Arber Bruncaj is also now wheelchair-bound and suffering from severe cognitive disabilities.

Ng, who already has a manslaughter conviction, confronted Bruncaj outside the Empire Steakhouse on E. 50th St. where he and his wife, then pregnant, had just left around 11 p.m. on Aug. 26, 2016.

Ng was there for a boozy birthday party and started beefing with Bruncaj.

He believed that Bruncaj had bumped into his girlfriend and went haywire, throwing one punch that knocked the victim to the pavement where he smacked his head, leading to brain damage.

Ng’s lawyers argued to the jury that their client did not intend to cause such serious damage.

“I ordinarily respect the jury’s decision in all of my trials,” said attorney Jeffery Greco. “This case is different: I feel the jury absolutely got this one wrong — based on the law. This was an emotionally charged case, and I believe they were not able to separate emotion from the facts and the law as it applied in this case. While it was obvious Mr. Ng intended to hit the complainant, Mr. Ng had no intent to cause the serious physical injury in this case, and I believe the jury conflated those two issues when they deliberated.”

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