Employer on trial for assault

Local | Staff reporter 17 Apr 2019

A 43-year-old domestic helper yesterday told a Kowloon City court how her male employer sexually harassed and molested her on five occasions within six days including once while his wife was taking a bath.

Lau Sui-wo, 45, has earlier pleaded not guilty to five counts of indecent assault after he allegedly touched his domestic helper when she was washing dishes. The trial began in the Kowloon City Magistrates' Court yesterday.

The court heard that between July 31 and August 5 last year, Lau allegedly assaulted the domestic helper, referred to as X, in an apartment at Laguna Verde in Hung Hom.

Testifying before Magistrate Raymond Wong Kwok-fai, X said that Lau had assaulted her multiple times, including baring his private parts, masturbating in front of her as his daughter slept in the same room, and grabbing X's breasts while she was working.

X said she went to church to seek counseling on August 5 and was advised to inform the Labor Department and Immigration Department.

Police arrested Lau on August 14.

The trial continues tomorrow.

Meanwhile, a 21-year-old who forced a 14-year-old he befriended on Instagram to perform oral sex was yesterday jailed for 10 months.

Ho Ching-fung earlier admitted four counts of indecent assault and indecency with children under 16.

District Court Judge Kwok Wai-kin quoted medical reports saying that Ho did not have any mental issues.

Kwok said the court has the responsibility to protect young children, so there was a need for a custodial sentence.

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