A waiter described in psychiatric reports as a paedophile in denial was sent to jail for 28 months yesterday for detaining five primary schoolgirls against their will. The District Court heard that Lee Cho-hong, 21, had three previous convictions for molesting and assaulting young girls. Deputy Judge Johnny Chan Jong-herng said Lee was a repeat offender and needed a deterrent sentence. Lee had earlier pleaded guilty to four counts of false imprisonment and one of loitering causing concern. Prosecutor Gordon Wong earlier told the court that the offences, which took place on four separate occasions between September 2 and December 8 last year, involved five girls aged 10 to 13. Two were sisters. Lee and his victims all lived at Po Lam Estate in Tseung Kwan O, and the girls all attended Lok Sin Tong Lau Tak Primary School. The court heard that he had struck up conversations with the girls, then tried to pull them along with him until they struggled and ran away. He met one girl, referred to as Victim A, in the corridor outside her flat and tried to pull her into a rear staircase. He also tried to pull away another girl after offering to lend her some books. He told the police under caution that he wanted to be friends with the girls. The court heard that Lee had previous convictions for committing indecent acts in public, common assault and indecent assault. Two psychiatric reports described Lee as a paedophile who denied the accusation and had made excuses to explain his behaviour. A psychological report said Lee liked to hang around with young girls, who aroused his sexual interest. All three reports said there was a high chance of him reoffending.