A woman allegedly raped by an old classmate five years ago decided to speak out at last as she thought it might relieve her anguish, a court heard yesterday.
The 30-year-old woman said Siu Wing-nin, 29, pushed her onto his bed and raped her when she went to his home in Sha Tin to borrow a camera from him on July 12, 2009.
Siu pleaded not guilty to one count of rape when the case opened in the Court of First Instance yesterday.
The woman said she did not report the alleged attack to the police at the time because she did not want her mother, who had cancer, to worry.
But she began to have nightmares and could not sleep properly. Last year, she suffered a high fever and hand, foot and mouth disease.
"I did not know whether sleeping too little had affected my immune system," she said. "I started thinking about whether I should speak out, so that I could sleep better and feel better."
The woman said she was working for a website and had to take pictures of products in 2009. Siu offered to lend her a camera and asked her to collect it from his home.
But after he gave her the camera, he pushed her onto the bed and raped her, she said. Afterwards, she was worried about pregnancy and he went downstairs to buy drugs to prevent it.
Siu continued to call the woman and sent messages to her, she told the court. He also apologised to her but she ignored him and asked a friend to return the camera.
After receiving a message of "Merry Christmas" from Siu in December 2009, she changed her phone number and cut off all contact with him.
"I felt very upset after the incident," she said. "I do not want to see him. Whenever I saw him, I would recall it."
The woman spoke of the alleged attack only to her elder sister and a church friend. The friend, whom she later married, referred her to social workers.
She decided not to report it to the police then, but her husband supported her doing so in February last year.
"My mother passed away in 2011. It's no longer a worry to me," she said.
The trial continues before Mr Justice Andrew Chan Hing-wai today.