Man's rape conviction quashed again

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 30 December, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 30 December, 2010, 12:00am

A man had his conviction for raping a 14-year-old quashed yesterday after a court found the presiding judge at his retrial failed to give certain directions to the jury and wrongly rejected the defendant's request to call a witness. The conviction of comic-book-store worker Cheung Hok-man, 19, for rape in 2008 was overturned by the Court of Appeal. Cheung had been found guilty after a first trial, but the higher court found the judge had not properly directed the jury and ordered a retrial. He was convicted again and jailed for 7 1/2 years after the retrial.