Girl's U-turn in teacher sex case
A girl who had said she performed oral sex on her fencing teacher in his car was declared a hostile witness in the District Court yesterday after she claimed she had never done so.
She said she lied when describing the encounter in a video recording with police, saying she had felt under pressure and had given answers she thought the officers wanted to hear.
Weeping at times, she also said she would feel guilty if teacher Yeung Tin-shun - who has denied one count of indecent conduct towards a child - went to jail for something she had made up.
The twist of events came a day after the court heard the interview in which the girl, 15 at the time, said she had touched the married teacher and performed oral sex on him at Shing Mun Reservoir on May 26 last year.
Asked by defence counsel if she had ever performed oral sex on Yeung, 33, she said she had not, adding she had said she did because she felt under pressure from the police.
The girl was declared a hostile witness after prosecutors demonstrated her replies yesterday were at odds with those she gave in the interview.
Further questioned by the prosecution, she admitted she had lied in the interview as she wanted to leave the police station as soon as possible, to stop her mother from worrying.
She reiterated that she had felt pressured because the police social worker conducting the interview had repeatedly asked if Yeung had kissed her and if she had given him oral sex, and she had given answers she 'believed the officers would like to hear'.
The interview was conducted two days after the alleged encounter with Yeung, a former primary school teacher at Tsuen Wan Public Ho Chuen Yiu Memorial College who taught fencing at a secondary school.
The hearing continues today before Deputy Judge Johnny Chan Jong-herng.