Father cleared of sex charges
A MAN accused of indecently assaulting his 16-year-old daughter in their Tuen Mun home was acquitted yesterday.
The father, a security guard, was cleared of three charges of indecent assault and a charge of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
Leaving the District Court, he said he could not forgive his daughter for making the allegations against him.
The daughter, now 17, told the court she was molested by her 45-year-old father on three occasions in July and August last year. She also accused him of assaulting her in a quarrel they had a month later.
However, her claims were not supported by evidence given by her mother, who was in an adjacent room when one of the incidents allegedly took place.
The mother told the court she did not hear the girl crying or scolding the defendant, as claimed by her daughter.
She also said her daughter never complained of being molested and behaved normally at the time.
The girl's 12-year-old sister also delivered a blow to the teenager's evidence. She said she did not see her father assaulting her sister when they quarrelled last September.
Judge Bailey said the alleged victim's credibility was in question as her evidence was not corroborated by her mother and sister.
'One would expect the victim to tell her mother about the offence when she was in the next room inside the flat,' the judge said.
The judge believed the teenage girl resented her fatherbecause of his previous extra-marital affair and his hostile feelings towards her boyfriend.