Death-threat rapist faces sentencing

Local | Staff reporter 24 May 2019

A gangster who raped a 23-year-old woman and made her pregnant after threatening to hurt her family was found guilty in the High Court yesterday.

The woman, who repeatedly rejected the man's advances over five years, needed to have an abortion. DNA tests proved the defendant was responsible for her pregnancy.

A jury of four men and three women unanimously found Tsang Yau-tik, 29, guilty of rape and claiming to be a triad member. They also convicted him of criminal intimidation by a majority of five to two.

The court was told that Tsang was married with a son. He came to Hong Kong from the mainland with his mother in 2009, and worked as a salesman. He was unemployed from June 2017.

In 2014, he was sentenced to 100 hours of social service for causing grievous bodily harm. Two years later, he was jailed for six weeks for assisting in the running of a gambling den.

The defense argued that he worked part time as a renovation worker, and that he did not enter into a marriage registration with his "wife."

The hearing was adjourned to next Tuesday for sentencing.

The court was previously told that the victim, a receptionist referred to as X in court, got to know Tsang six years ago via a friend of her ex-boyfriend.

Tsang ended up calling and messaging her repeatedly, asking her to be his girlfriend and for them to go on dates. She refused all his advances. To be clear in her rejection, she met the man together with a woman friend two years ago to say no.

On January 1 last year, X got a WeChat message from Tsang, which said "If you don't meet me, your entire family will die."

Worried about her family, X went to an hourly hotel in Tsuen Wan with Tsang. He asked her to be his girlfriend again, and claimed he was a gangster in Tsuen Wan.

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