Man, 64, found guilty of molesting four-year-old niece 26 years ago

The victim’s mother admits to knowing about it earlier, but says she was too ignorant and preferred to leave it in the hands of God

PUBLISHED : Monday, 29 August, 2016, 5:35pm
UPDATED : Monday, 29 August, 2016, 9:44pm

A 64-year-old construction worker was on Monday found guilty of molesting his four-year-old niece in 1990, after a District Court judge questioned why the mother of the victim failed to seek help earlier from law enforcement agencies.

In his ruling, District Court judge Sham Siu-man said he had not taken the evidence given by the mother into consideration, but found there was no proof allegations were made up.

The victim, who was not named in court to protect her identity, accused the husband of her mother’s sister of molesting her more than 70 times when she was a child.

Now 30, she told the court that the offences took place from 1990 to 1996, but she could only give details for about six of them.

During the trial, the mother said she had learned about the incidents from her daughter a few years ago, but had failed to take any action because of her “ignorance”, describing herself as a country bumpkin.

The mother, who is a devout Christian, added that she would rather leave the entire matter to God because she did not know how to deal with it.

The victim, who had migrated to the United States, later decided to return to Hong Kong and report the case to police in 2013.

Sham queried as to why she had taken more than a decade to reveal what had happened to her family and others.

But the judge also found no evidence she had made up the claims.

“The defendant had not just been simply hugging her,” Sham said, as the man argued that he had only cradled the victim in his arms in front of others when she was little.

Sham added the man was unconvincing in his denial.

“The court found the defendant had prevaricated and avoided the questions,” the judge said.

The court also found the uncle to be in breach of the trust put in him by the victim’s family.

He was convicted of all six charges, and will be sentenced on Tuesday.