Bringing to a close one creepy, creepy case, the unemployed son of a police officer was sentenced to 28 months in jail after he tried to rob a woman of her purse, forced her to take off her underwear and then asked her to be his girlfriend.
Lau Long-yin, 24, pleaded guilty to one count of robbery at District Court yesterday.
In December, Lau approached a 38-year-old woman in Yau Mei Court car park in Yau Tong, came up from behind, covered her mouth with one hand, and wrapped his other arm around her neck.
Lau then demanded she give over all her money and asked her where she lived. She replied that she forgot to bring her purse and lived with her family.
He then pushed her to the ground, told her to take off her underwear. When she handed them over, he told her: “I haven’t dated for three years and I don’t have a girlfriend, will you be my girlfriend?”
Lau fled the scene with the woman’s underwear after he was spotted by a plainclothes police officer.
According to Apple Daily, the court heard that Lau was convicted of three counts of indecent assault 10 years ago.
In a mitigating statement to the court, the defense said that Lau’s dad is a police officer, and that the defendant was a shoe store salesman until he was dismissed from his job just two weeks before the incident.
The court heard that on the night of the incident, the defendant was attending a wedding banquet, and had drunk so much alcohol that his friends needed to help him into a taxi.
Lawyers acting for the defense also told the court that he was also planning on proposing to his girlfriend, and that when he claimed that he hadn’t had a girlfriend for three years he was just “talking nonsense.”
A defense also read a letter to the court written by a former colleague of Lau’s saying that he respected their female colleagues.
Upon sentencing, the magistrate pointed to the three indecent assault cases which happened in 2008 and 2009. He said that Lau was given a probation order and sentenced to rehab, and that the defendant didn’t use the opportunity to truly change.
The magistrate said although no sexual assault or rape took place, Lau still needed to accept criminal responsibility.