Grandfather suspected preacher of 'paedophilia tendencies', hears court

PUBLISHED : Friday, 28 March, 2014, 3:28am
UPDATED : Friday, 28 March, 2014, 3:28am

A school preacher showered so much attention on a 12-year-old boy that the child's grandfather suspected him of "paedophilia tendencies" and alerted his son-in-law, a court heard yesterday.

Eric Wong Wai-ming, 48, spent five days a week with the boy, identified only as X, drove him to school sometimes and frequently took him out for meals, the retiree, 66, noticed.

Often, the boy had showered and changed underwear by the time he came home, the grandfather told the District Court.

His suspicions grew after X was circumcised in July. Wong would use a paper fan to dry the wound on X's penis for periods up to half an hour.

"[Wong]'s acts do not match his occupation," the grandfather said. "He has his own family; there is no reason for him to spend so much time on a little child."

In August, the grandfather asked X's uncle, also a preacher, whether such behaviour was common in his role. The uncle talked to X, then to police.

X is one of two alleged victims of Wong, a married father of two who worked at the boys' Tuen Mun school. He denies nine counts of indecent assault on the pair between June and August.

The court heard that after X's operation, the grandfather noticed nurses in the hospital would usually ask the mothers to clean the wounds. But Wong volunteered to do it for X, as he had done the same for his own boy.

Once, Wong cut open a rubbish bag and asked X to remove his underwear and sit on the bag so he could clean him, the grandfather said. He admitted Wong did all the acts openly in his home and he did not try to stop the preacher even if he found it odd.

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