Probation for molesting stepsister

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 15 April, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 15 April, 2008, 12:00am

A District Court judge yesterday placed a 21-year-old man, who admitted molesting his eight-year-old stepsister, on probation for 18 months.

Deputy Judge Josiah Lam Wai-kuen sentenced the defendant, who cannot be named because it could lead to the identification of the victim, after he had pleaded guilty to six charges of indecent assault, which occurred between August 2005 and December last year.

The judge was told that the defendant, who lacked normal social skills, was very affectionate toward the victim and wanted her to be his girlfriend. His affection had led to the offences which occurred over a number of years.

Before sentencing, Judge Lam was told that any adverse psychological impact on the victim had been minimal and both parents and the victim had forgiven the defendant.

Judge Lam said: 'Every man has a soul which allows a person to tell right from wrong. Sometimes, a normal person can have abnormal ideas but the blame should not be placed upon others.

'The defendant wrongfully obtained pornographic material and learned about sex from the internet which damaged his soul. This undesirable behaviour should stop and the defendant should stop any contact with the pornographic websites.' Addressing the defendant, he said: 'It is not difficult to be a good person. You have hurt your sister and you have to prove you will not reoffend over time.'