A man who raped a girl 18 years ago was jailed for 10 years yesterday after being identified by DNA when arrested for other sexual offences last year.
The judge slammed decorator Yip Yun-shing, 56, for destroying the life of the girl, who was 10, leaving her with lifelong trauma. Yip earlier pleaded guilty in the Court of First Instance to rape, burglary and attempted theft.
The court heard that Yip was in the process of robbing the girl's family flat when she returned home from school at noon on October 11, 1995.
Flashing a box-cutter, he demanded she hand over valuables. When she said the family didn't have any, he forced her to perform oral sex and raped her without using a condom.
The judge said Yip could have left after failing to steal anything but instead had violated her.
"He destroyed her life. His acts will not be tolerated by the public," Mr Justice Andrew Chan Hing-wai said.
Yip was arrested in May last year and placed on probation after committing two indecent assaults on a bus.
Police realised Yip was also responsible for the rape when they checked his DNA, and arrested him two months later.
While Yip told the court he was deeply remorseful after raping the girl, the court heard he had gone on to molest other young girls. He was placed on probation in 1975 for being a triad society member.