Assaults on girls result in jail term

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 14 February, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 14 February, 2006, 12:00am

A man who admitted he could not control his desire for young girls was jailed yesterday for 31/2 years after a judge said the risk of further assaults was 'very high'.

Samuel Tam Tai-shing, 41, had pleaded guilty in the District Court to five counts of molesting girls aged between nine to 12 and one count of resisting arrest.

Deputy District Judge Bina Chainrai said Tam's psychiatric and psychological reports showed his 'psychosexual problem is very chronic' and required 'intensive psychiatric treatment and long-term supervision'.

The court heard Tam, an electrician, was convicted in a similar case involving four girls in 1998.

The assaults in the latest case took place in Yuen Long between February and September last year.

Tam rode his bicycle around the area and approached unaccompanied girls, took them to secluded areas and indecently assaulted them. He was caught on September 29 with the fifth victim, aged nine, who he had picked up in Shui Pin Wai Estate. Tam tried to resist arrest but officers subdued him.

The court heard Tam had told officers he knew he had done wrong, but had been unable to control his desire.

'The mitigation letter written by the defendant indicated his remorse and willingness to accept treatment, but he may repeat these actions again,' Judge Chainrai said, imposing the jail term.

The court heard that after his 1998 conviction, Tam had been ordered to have treatment for a year but had later withdrawn.