Severely epileptic woman raped 3 times, court told

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 02 March, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 02 March, 2006, 12:00am

A severely epileptic woman was raped three times at a rehabilitation centre by the husband of an employee, a court heard yesterday.

When he was arrested, Zhan Xianyang, 23, claimed the woman consented, the Court of First Instance was told.

Zhan, a mainland farmer, pleaded not guilty to the three offences, alleged to have taken place between July 2004 and last April.

Senior government counsel Liu Yuen-ming said Zhan - in Hong Kong on a two-way permit - used to accompany his wife to the centre where she worked the night shift.

The victim, who had lived at the privately run centre in Tai Po since 2003, suffered from epilepsy and adjustment disorder. She had difficulty with memory and cognition and suffered double and blurred vision, as well as poor muscle co-ordination because of the amount of drugs she was taking.

In a statement to police under caution, Zhan had said: 'I did it with her, sir, but of her own free will,' the court heard.

Li Siu-hung, a neurology specialist who has treated the victim since 2002, said she had seizures three or four times a month on average and was prescribed at least four kinds of drugs.

He said she had attempted suicide in August 2002 by overdosing on the drug for the chronic illness.

The hearing continues today.