Pupils tell court of time with preacher

Man visited boy every day for two weeks to examine circumcision wound, trial hears

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 26 March, 2014, 5:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 26 March, 2014, 5:00am

A school preacher accused of molesting two pupils on the pretext of sex education cleaned a surgical wound that one of the boys was left with following circumcision "every day", a court heard yesterday.

The 12-year-olds, identified only as X and Y, both testified yesterday via a live video link that Eric Wong Wai-ming, 48, had caused them to have an erection while interacting with them.

Wong, a married father of two, was stationed at the boys' Tuen Mun school. He denies indecently assaulting X seven times and Y twice between June and August.

He allegedly bathed with them at his home, at the school, at the Tuen Mun North West Swimming Pool and once at a Yuen Long sports centre together with his son after the two boys had gone cycling with his whole family, the District Court heard.

According to X, Wong had touched his genitals in a toilet of the swimming facility. He later asked the preacher: "Are you gay?" and Wong responded: "If I were, I would have penetrated you guys."

After X had a circumcision operation on July 23, Wong "visited [his] home every day until August 5" to clean his genitals and once rubbed X's penis in the absence of his live-in grandfather, leading to X having an erection, prosecutor Lily Yew said.

X said Wong cleaned his wound for 10 to 20 minutes each time, making him feel "uncomfortable".

Y also said Wong - whose religious affiliation has not been spelt out in court - once touched his private parts as the three bathed at Wong's home, causing him to have an erection.

X said Wong had treated him and Y to meals many times, and had lent him underwear, shoes and sports shoes to wear after a shower. Wong had also given him a pile of second-hand textbooks, X said.

Defence counsel Thomas Iu said those gifts proved how Wong had cared for the two boys - both from single-parent families - "just like his own children".

Y had earlier told the court that Wong treated him so well that he was like a "godfather" to him. Iu said the school had asked Wong to give the boys extra help.

Regarding the first alleged incident of assault, X and Y gave differing evidence. The prosecution had said Wong held X's penis in Y's presence at his office, but Y agreed with the defence that Wong did not touch the penis of either boy on that occasion and that they had themselves gone to Wong to ask him to explain the process of circumcision.

The trial continues today before Judge Josiah Lam Wai-kuen.