A young public hospital doctor who admitted he had molested patients while he was on night duty was sentenced to 180 hours of community service in Kwun Tong Magistrates’ Court on Friday.
Tang Man-chun, 26, had earlier pleaded guilty to three counts of indecent assault.
The court heard that in September last year, Tang put his hands under the clothes of two female patients aged 23 and 24, and pressed their breasts while he was on ward duty at Tseung Kwan O Hospital one night.
One of the women complained to a nurse, who reported Tang’s actions to the hospital authorities.
Following the incident, the doctor was diagnosed as suffering from bipolar and obsessive-compulsive disorders.
He submitted a letter, which his barrister Kevin Egan said was a “deeply remorseful, from-the-heart letter”, to the court.
“The likelihood of you facing further disciplinary action will give you a good lesson, therefore it is unlikely you will commit further offences,” magistrate Anthony Yuen Wai-ming told Tang.
Because Tang had a clear record, had pleaded guilty to save the victims from repeating the embarrassing details in public and had a favourable probation officer report, Yuen said he had taken these mitigating factors into account when deciding the sentence.
He ordered Tang to continue psychiatric treatment when needed.
Speaking outside the court, Egan called the incident “a moment of madness”. He said Tang had planned to marry his girlfriend, who is also a doctor, in February, but the wedding had been postponed due to this case.