Violin tutor found guilty of assault

PUBLISHED : Friday, 10 September, 2004, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 10 September, 2004, 12:00am

A violin teacher was convicted yesterday of indecently assaulting a young girl during a lesson.

Eastern Court magistrate Bina Chainrai found the man, 52, guilty of two counts of indecent assault committed last November.

The girl, 10, told the court her teacher had touched her pubic area under her dress twice during the lesson. He gave her chocolate and $4 for ice cream before she left.

Ms Chainrai said she thought the sixth-grader's testimony was honest, straight-forward and reliable.

She added that the girl 'was not prone to exaggeration at all'.

The magistrate said she felt the defendant had not told the truth.

In his testimony yesterday, the teacher, whose name cannot be revealed to protect the victim's identity, said his student had not been very co-operative and had refused to play the violin that day.

He used chocolate to entice her to practise but said he did not give her money.

The teacher had taught the girl for two years. But after the first year, the difficulty of the lessons increased and she became less interested, he said.

Defence counsel Nelson Lam said in his final submission that his client had taught the violin for four years with no complaints from students.

He said the girl had a motive to lie because she had been reluctant to play the violin. Mr Lam said his client might appeal.

Ms Chainrai adjourned the case to September 23 for sentencing reports.

The teacher was remanded in custody.