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Schoolgirl, 14, 'grabbed off street, molested and beaten'

Man allegedly led pupil to hillside where she was stripped and assaulted in hour-long ordeal

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 25 February, 2014, 4:16am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 25 February, 2014, 5:05am

When a 14-year-old girl was grabbed from behind on a street and robbed it was just the start of an ordeal that lasted more than an hour in which she was led to a hillside, stripped, molested and violently assaulted, a court heard yesterday.

When the girl began to sob, unemployed Cheung Man-wai, 35, allegedly banged her head against a concrete block, some railings and the ground, telling her: "I hate women crying."

After a sudden mood swing, he began begging for forgiveness, before finally letting her go, the Court of First Instance heard. Cheung denies robbery, indecent assault and assault.

In her opening address, prosecutor Lisa Remedios said Cheung grabbed the Form Three pupil by the neck in Chui Yi Street, Tai Po, at about 7.15pm on January 3 last year.

He robbed her of HK$3,000 worth of belongings, including her iPhone and purse, before taking her to a pavilion at a nearby swimming pool, where he talked to her for more than 20 minutes.

The girl was then led to a hillside trail near Tai Ping Industrial Park, where he stripped her naked after she refused to take off her school uniform, the prosecutor said.

Cheung hit her round the head and kicked her, before forcing her to commit a sexual act, the court heard. He then wrapped the girl's clothes around his hands and molested her.

When the girl began to cry, the court heard, Cheung ordered her to shut her eyes and then yanked her hair, banging her head several times.

He also kicked her into a drainage channel.

Then suddenly Cheung's mood changed, the court heard. He apologised repeatedly and begged her not to call police, saying he had a two-year-old son.

He claimed to have lost control because he had forgotten to take his medicine, the prosecutor said. He ordered her to leave two pieces of clothing with him before allowing her to leave.

Accompanied by her family, the girl, who suffered bruises and abrasions all over her body, later alerted police.

Cheung was arrested five months after the alleged attack, on June 4. He told police: "I did rob her of her mobile phone and her wallet and take her to the hillside. But I cannot remember anything happening after that."

The trial continues before Mr Justice Andrew Chan Hing-wai today.