Defence lawyer accuses alleged indecent assault victim of ‘fabricating’ accusations

Former colleague says prominent academic's dual role did not motivate her to report him

PUBLISHED : Friday, 30 May, 2014, 3:11pm
UPDATED : Saturday, 31 May, 2014, 3:01am

A woman who alleges a prominent academic molested her was accused by a defence lawyer yesterday of fabricating the accusations to seek revenge.

The woman, named only as X, was a colleague of defendant Lee Ngok, 73, at a further education college when he allegedly indecently assaulted her on five occasions between 2007 and 2010 in a coffee shop and two bars.

Lee's barrister Bruce Tse Chee-ho put it to X in Eastern Court yesterday that her complaints were fabricated.

"The accusations that you have all along been telling the court in this case were actually targeting Lee Ngok to take revenge through the police," he said.

X rejected the accusation.

She said she recorded all the incidents in her notebook and suggested Tse could test the ink to see when they were written.

Lee has denied six charges of indecently assaulting the 39-year-old woman and also denies two charges of indecently assaulting another woman.

X previously testified that Lee touched her thigh, back and bottom and tried to kiss her, which made her feel uncomfortable and offended. She reported the incidents to police last year.

Tse suggested that X tried to sue Lee on behalf of the college over copyright issues in 2012 while both worked at the college.

At the time, the court was told, Lee was a consultant to the college as well as another institution. Lee was accused of leaking information from the college to the second institution.

Tse suggested yesterday that the accusation was not pursued because there was not enough evidence to back the claim.

X, however, said she and the college did have evidence but did not sue Lee because they respected him and did not want to damage their relationship.

Tse said he believed X must have been very angry when she found out in 2012 that Lee was also working for the second institution. X said she was not angry as it was normal for people to work in different institutions.

Tse added that the woman had believed Lee's job with the second institution had resulted in that institution dropping its plan to buy the college where she worked, which was in financial difficulty at the time. X disagreed and said the school had been in financial trouble before but it was not as serious as Tse described.

The hearing before magistrate So Wai-tak continues next week.