Accused set free as rape case collapses

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 24 April, 2001, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 24 April, 2001, 12:00am

A pen pal accused of rape went free yesterday after a judge found he had no case to answer at the close of the prosecution case.

Deputy Judge Esther Toh Lye-ping directed a Court of First Instance jury to acquit Peter Choi Chun-sing, 22, of raping a 20-year-old woman he had corresponded with and later met.

Choi had pleaded not guilty to the offence, which was alleged to have taken place at his home in Factory Street, Shau Kei Wan, on July 13 last year.

Judge Toh's ruling came after an application by defence barrister Peter Lavac.

In his application for no case to answer, Mr Lavac said the alleged victim's different accounts of the incident were 'riddled with contradictions, inconsistencies and improbabilities'.

The woman had given different versions of the alleged rape to her boyfriend, a colleague, police, a forensic pathologist who examined her and the jury, Mr Lavac said.