Jail looms for ex-student over uni sexual assaults

Local | Michael Shum 23 Jan 2020

A former Chinese University student faces imprisonment after pleading guilty to indecently assaulting two new students in a dormitory.

He sneaked into the female dormitory during an orientation period and assaulted them sexually while they were asleep.

Sha Tin magistrate Edward Wong Ching-yu said yesterday the offenses by Cheung Tsz-ning, 28, are very serious, adding that a jail term is inevitable for Cheung.

The court heard that Cheung had three previous convictions, having committed a similar offense in 2007 when he was 15. The other convictions came in 2017. In mitigation, the defense counsel said Cheung had a fetish for women in sleep and had attended counseling at the university, but stopped in April 2018. Cheung promised to seek help from psychologists again.

Wong said Cheung cannot miss psychological treatment since he had been struggling to hold back sexual urges from an early age.

Cheung was remanded in custody as Wong called for three reports to look into his background and his psychological and psychiatric conditions before sentencing on February 11.

The incident happened during engineering school orientation camp on August 15, with the two first-year students, aged 18 and 19, staying in the dormitory.

The first was awakened at 5am when she felt someone touching her back and saw Cheung leave her room.

She found her shirt was pulled up, her bra unfastened and a piece of tissue paper in the palm of her hand.

The other felt her breast being fondled for about two minutes, but went on sleeping.

She awakened to find what she suspected to be semen on her thigh.

Cheung admitted on arrest that he had touched the back of both victims and also masturbated beside one them.

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