A decoration worker received a suspended sentence yesterday for having sex with a mentally handicapped woman at his public housing flat. The defendant, 24, told Eastern Court he would marry the 21-year-old woman. Speaking from the public gallery, the woman confirmed he had made an offer of marriage to her family after the incident. Magistrate Peter Law heard the defendant had met the woman at a centre for the disabled and that they had known each other for two years. The court heard the defendant would sometimes go to the centre to pick up the woman, who was mildly mentally handicapped, after she finished classes. The woman said she had had sex with the man before, including once on a staircase at the Queen Elizabeth Stadium after she played tennis with friends on August 2 last year. But she only told police of the incidents after a friend also complained that the defendant had sex with her. The second complainant's family told the police that their daughter, also mentally handicapped, had lost her virginity to the defendant on the staircase of a public housing estate. The defendant was charged with five counts of unlawful sexual intercourse with mentally retarded women. At the trial's beginning, the prosecution offered no evidence on two charges involving the 21-year-old woman and withdrew two other charges in relation to her friend. The defendant pleaded guilty to one charge of having sex with the 21-year-old. Mr Law sentenced him to four months' jail, suspended for 18 months.