Would-be father grabbed children
A tutor who grabbed the hands of two little girls outside a Kowloon Tong kindergarten to 'satisfy his desire to be a father' has been put on probation for two years.
Tang Wai-ho, 30, who suffers from autism and social problems, must also receive psychiatric and psychological treatment as directed by the probation officer, Magistrate Bina Chainrai ordered.
Kowloon City Court heard that Tang, who considered himself a failure, felt the urge to hold the hands of toddlers after he suffered a psychological blow from his 22-year-old cousin's marriage and the arrival of a newborn nephew.
The court heard that on April 18, Tang followed a five-year-old girl and her domestic helper from the St Rose of Lima's Kindergarten to their home.
While the maid keyed in the code at the entrance gate, Tang held the girl's hand. The girl struggled and Tang fled.
About a month later, a worker at the same kindergarten noticed Tang loitering around the school before he started following a three-year-old girl and her maid. The worker told the principal and followed Tang.
When Tang grabbed the hand of the little girl, the kindergarten worker shouted and Tang fled. The principal alerted the police who arrested Tang about half an hour later.
Tang's lawyer, Kelvin Tang, said his client held the children's hands to 'satisfy his desire to be a father' and no sexual desire was involved.
'He meant no harm to the kids,' the lawyer said.
The private maths tutor, who was put on probation in 2003 for indecent assault, pleaded guilty earlier to two counts of loitering causing concern. He promised the court that he would not seek jobs associated with little girls.
In mitigation, Tang's lawyer said the tutor was himself a 'social victim'. Citing a psychological report, the lawyer said Tang had been teased and bullied since he was a primary student.
'All along he had difficulty in courtship and in dating females,' the lawyer said. Blind dates arranged by Tang's mother were not successful.
A psychologist's report said that while Tang was remorseful, there was a chance that he would reoffend and recommended continued psychological treatment.
Chainrai said the offences were 'very serious' and she would not speculate what could have happened had the carers not been there. But she said she was also concerned about Tang's rehabilitation. He was ordered to pay HK$2,000 in costs and to appear in court on October 24 to report his progress.