Hong Kong health consultant denies giving date-rape drug to German visitor, court hears

Prosecutor claims defendant intended to overpower woman while she slept

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 10 May, 2017, 8:32pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 10 May, 2017, 10:20pm

A Hong Kong-based health consultant on Wednesday denied drugging a young German visitor with a date-rape drug before he raped her, only months after he was arrested for sexually assaulting another young woman in a similar fashion.

Prosecutors told the High Court the first victim, then 22, woke up to find her private parts exposed while the second victim, 23, found Man Yiu-fai raping her when she regained consciousness.

Neither woman could be identified for legal reasons.

The case centred on a powerful hypnotic and sleep-inducing drug named Flunitrazepam that is legally marketed as Rohypnol.

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“Flunitrazepam is a dangerous drug,” prosecutor Nicholas Adams said. “When used unlawfully as in this case it is regarded as ... a date-rape drug.”

Man, 43, pleaded not guilty to two counts of administering drugs to obtain or facilitate unlawful sexual act, one of indecent assault in December 2014 and one of rape in May 2015.

The jury is to decide if Man had deliberately given the two women a drink laced with the drug, as well as what his intention was at the time and if he did attack the two women.

Adams said Man had drugged the women with intent to stupefy or overpower them so he could perform an unlawful sexual act on them when they were asleep.

If he wanted consensual sex with [the woman], why drug her?
Nicholas Adams, prosecutor

“There can be no other reason for drugging her,” he continued. “If he wanted consensual sex with [the woman], why drug her?”

The first victim testified that she met Man during the Occupy protests in November 2014 and visited his office at Nathan Road on December 12 for treatment. He offered her two cups of drinks to help her sleep at night, she said, and gave her a massage, during which she lost consciousness.

When she woke up, she found her upper body naked and her underpants pulled down, while Man’s face was close enough to kiss hers.

But she later admitted to the defence that she removed her top at Man’s request.

“At the time my mental state was so confused. My subconsciousness could not tell what was right and what was wrong. Otherwise the incident could not have happened,” she testified, her voice breaking. “The world wouldn’t have had one more victim.”

Cups seized from Man’s office were later found to contain the woman’s DNA and traces of the sleeping drug zoplidem and the date-rape drug, Adams said.

The trial continues before deputy High Court judge Mr Justice Michael Stuart-Moore.