A KITCHEN worker accused of preying on a kind receptionist has been acquitted of rape. Chan Chun-tat, 21, was said to have lured the 19-year-old from her Ap Lei Chau home by telling her that he was unhappy and 'needed to talk'. The pair worked in neighbouring businesses, and had known each other for two months at the time of the alleged attack, the High Court heard yesterday. At about 1 am on August 4, 1993, the receptionist met Chan for a drink. She, Chan and one of his colleagues chatted while strolling along the promenade. But trouble started when Chan's friend went home, the woman said. The restaurant worker, who denied the charge, put his arm around the receptionist and tried to kiss her. When she tried to push him away, he was said to have slammed her on to a nearby bench and lifted her skirt with his knee. She told Mr Justice Burrell that she asked a pair of passing security guards to take her home. When the woman seemed unable to make the two men understand her plight, Chan told them to 'go away', the court heard. The receptionist said that he then dragged her off to a grassy area and began raping her. The teenager said that when she begged him to stop, he ordered her to be quiet. The court was told the receptionist was then dragged to another bench, where Chan raped her again. When it was over, the young woman fled to her flat and cried herself to sleep. Chan was arrested two days later, when the woman told colleagues that he had attacked her. The jury took two hours to reach a majority verdict of not guilty.