Constable indecently assaulted prostitute

PUBLISHED : Friday, 19 August, 1994, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 19 August, 1994, 12:00am

A POLICE constable who indecently assaulted a prostitute whom he had arrested during an anti-vice operation was yesterday convicted in North Kowloon Court.

Magistrate Robert Edwards deferred sentencing Yip Chi-ching until October 4 for background and psychological reports.

Yip, 27, who joined the police force in 1989, had denied indecently assaulting the 26-year-old Filipina, claiming he had accidentally squeezed her breast when searching her for drugs.

During the trial, prosecutor William Lam had called evidence that Yip and a team of officers arrested a group of Thai and Filipino prostitutes, including the woman, in an anti-vice operation on March 1. They were all taken to Mongkok police station and she was taken to one of the rooms.

It was the Crown's case that when Yip was left alone with her, he locked the door and ordered her to strip to the waist before squeezing her breast.

He then offered her $1,000 to have sex with him and whe n she turned him down, he unzipped his trousers and asked her to perform a sexual act but again she refused.

At this point, the court heard, someone knocked at the door and after telling the woman to get dressed, Yip let in a colleague and a Philippine interpreter.

On seeing the interpreter, the woman immediately lodged a complaint with her.

When questioned by his superior, Yip admitted touching the victim in a ''moment of fun'' and asked for a chance, saying he did not realise it was so serious.

Yip claimed he suspected her of concealing drugs under her bra and he accidentally squeezed her breast during the search before she took off the bra voluntarily.

His counsel Selwyn Au, in mitigation, claimed the impact of the assault on the woman would not be very serious since she was a prostitute.