Doctor guilty of indecent assault
A doctor from Caritas Medical Centre was convicted of indecent assault yesterday for touching a woman in a Lai Chi Kok street one night in July.
Accident-and-emergency room doctor Yeung Kok-fung, 26, was found guilty after a trial in Kwun Tong Court. He had pleaded not guilty.
The woman, 25, had testified earlier that some time after midnight on July 27, she was walking home along Lai Chi Kok Road and looking at her cellphone when, suddenly, Yeung pushed her from behind, knocking her to her knees. He then touched her breasts and ran away. The assault, she recalled, lasted for about 10 seconds.
The woman, a customer services director, followed Yeung for about 20 minutes as he wandered around the area. She called the police, who arrested him. She had been wearing a skirt and suffered injuries to her knees in the incident.
According to Yeung's testimony, he and the woman bumped into each other accidentally and both fell, with him hurting his hand.
Deputy magistrate Cherry Hui Shuk-yee said she found the woman an honest and reliable witness. Hui said it was unlikely that the woman, who did not know Yeung, would falsely accuse him.
She adjourned the case to December 13 for sentencing, pending a background report on him. Yeung was remanded in custody.
Defence lawyer Ronny Wong Fook-hum SC said his client was raised in public housing by two hard-working parents who had wanted to give him a good future. Yeung was a good student and his teachers and family had high hopes for him.
'In those 10 seconds, the hopes that his teachers, his parents and his family had for him were destroyed,' Wong said. Yeung was the main breadwinner in his family, the lawyer said. He had no prior criminal record.