Man found guilty of raping woman after threatening to murder her family

Photo (for illustration): Myriam Tsen-Kung/Coconuts Media
Photo (for illustration): Myriam Tsen-Kung/Coconuts Media

An unemployed man has been found guilty of raping a woman on New Year’s Day after claiming to be a gangster and threatening to kill her family after she repeatedly refused his advances.

After three hours of deliberation, a jury of four men and three women unanimously found Tsang Yau-tik, 29, guilty on charges of rape and claiming to be a triad member. They also convicted him of criminal intimidation by a majority verdict of five to two, on.cc reports.

The prosecution also read out a background report on the defendant, which revealed that he was sentenced to 100 hours of community service for causing grievous bodily harm in 2014, and six weeks in jail for assisting in the running of a gambling den in 2016. They also told the court that Tsang is currently married, with one son. (The defense maintained that Tsang and his girlfriend were not in a registered marriage.)

Earlier this month, the court heard that Tsang raped a 25-year-old receptionist, referred to in court as X.

The pair met in 2013 via Wong Yuen-kwong, who goes by “Kwong Siu,” a mutual friend of Tsang and X’s then-boyfriend. After that first encounter, Tsang began to repeatedly call and message X over the course of five years, but was repeatedly rebuffed.

On New Year’s Day 2018, X received a WeChat message that read: “If you [ditch] me this time everyone in your family will die.”

Fearing for her family’s safety, X agreed to meet Tsang in an hourly hotel in Tsuen Wan where he asked her again to be his girlfriend. She refused, and it was then that he claimed to be a member of a triad group in Tsuen Wan.

Tsang then left the room and Wong entered, and began watching porn and masturbating, telling X to just sleep with his friend. X told the court she couldn’t leave as Wong was standing close to the door.

When Wong left, Tsang came back and forced himself on X.

X got pregnant as a result and had to have an abortion. A DNA test on the fetus found that Tsang was the father.

Wong was also prosecuted for his role in the incident, and admitted to one count of procuring an unlawful sexual act by threats or intimidation, HK01 reports.

The judge adjourned sentencing for both men until Tuesday, May 28.

 

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