City University academic pleads not guilty to molesting two women
University consultant faces seven charges of indecent assault, court told
A prominent academic molested two women in three bars and at two City University offices between 2007 and 2010, a court heard yesterday.
Lee Ngok, 73, pleaded not guilty to seven charges of indecent assault when he appeared at Eastern Court, before Principal Magistrate Bina Chainrai.
The prosecution said Lee, senior consultant to the university's Community College, indecently assaulted the first woman at Café Renaissance in the Renaissance Hong Kong Harbour View Hotel and in Delaney's Bar, both in Wan Chai, and in the Dickens Bar at The Excelsior Hotel in Causeway Bay between March 2007 and January 2010.
The second woman was attacked twice, inside two offices at City University in Kowloon Tong, between March and October in 2010, the court heard.
The two women are aged 32 and 39, respectively.
Both were given permission by the magistrate to testify from behind a partition in the upcoming trial in order to protect their identities.
A pre-trial review will take place on February 25 for the two camps to finalise arrangements for the trial.
Lee has made significant contributions to the field of education in both Hong Kong and Australia.
The University of Hong Kong graduate was a former dean of HKU's faculty of arts, and the founding director of its School of Professional and Continuing Education. He later served as pro-vice-chancellor of the University of Southern Queensland in Australia.
He was freed on HK$20,000 cash bail but was reminded not to contact prosecution witnesses.
He was also reminded to reside at his Perkins Road home in Happy Valley, and to inform police in case of any changes in his living arrangements.