Woman's belief in lover's power queried Lawyers have been told to prepare arguments on whether a mother accused of helping her partner to molest her 15-year-old daughter should be convicted if she genuinely believed that her lover had healing powers that he exercised through his actions. Deputy District Court Judge Anthony Kwok Kai-on yesterday adjourned the case to June 17 to hear the arguments from the prosecution and defence. He did so after the woman pleaded guilty to two charges of gross indecent conduct. The woman admitted she had arranged for her daughter to be molested in two hotel rooms by her 52-year-old unemployed lover, Chan Kong-sang, in the belief that he had divine power and could inject 'healing lights' from the sky into the girl's body. But Judge Kwok questioned whether the court should accept her plea, questioning whether an 'honest belief mistakenly held' could be considered as a lawful and valid defence. Prosecuting barrister Selwyn So Kai-ming said the justice department had never come across a question concerning the validity of such a defence in law. Ordering the adjournment, Judge Kwok also deferred sentencing on Chan, who had pleaded guilty to two counts of indecent assault, pending his psychological, psychiatric and background reports. The court heard Chan admitted the two offences, which took place in the Charterhouse Hotel, Wan Chai, in August and the Park Lane Hotel, Causeway Bay, in October. On both occasions, the girl's mother was present and she helped to blindfold the victim. The victim was told to bathe and strip in the hotel room and Chan touched her private parts and breasts, which her mother said was meant to help the girl to recover from coughing and irregularities in her menstrual cycle. In the Wan Chai hotel, the victim had asked her mother why Chan was touching her, and her mother replied that Chan was just helping her. On the second occasion, although the victim was scared and crying, Chan claimed his touching could help to channel 'the lights' through her body and cure her illness. Prosecutors said the incidents came to light when the victim wrote to her best friend about them in January this year. The matter was later related to a social worker and a report was made to police. Upon arrest, Chan told police he had only touched the victim. He admitted that he told the mother to have the girl stripped because it helped her to absorb more 'lights' to gain health when she was naked. He also said he was an ordinary man who was normally unable to heal patients but he was empowered to do it when the spirit of his god entered his body.