A magistrate yesterday acquitted horse trainer Danny Shum Chap-shing of indecent assault, despite saying his version of events had disgusted him. Magistrate Pang Chung-ping said the accuser, who did not cry for help during the alleged assault in a Sha Tin hotel car park or call police immediately afterwards, had not behaved like a victim of molestation. He described Shum, 48, as a 'midnight hunter' who had clearly wanted the woman as a sex partner that night but said prosecutors had not proved the 32-year-old mother of three had not consented. Shum, the Jockey Club's 18th-ranked trainer last year, did not comment on the verdict as he walked free from Sha Tin Court. Chief steward Kim Kelly said the club would study the judgment and decide whether to take the matter any further. The magistrate said that if the woman had cried for help in the 16 minutes during which she said Shum had molested her she could have alerted someone on any of the five occasions when people passed by. She did not open the windows or doors of the van they were in, even though she should have been familiar with the vehicle because it belonged to her, he said. Afterwards the woman did not immediately call police or her husband, but went to a bar to speak to one of the bartenders. 'I believe her actions are not consistent with her allegations,' Pang said. The woman's injuries also did not match her claims, he said. She mainly complained about bruises to her thighs, which she said she sustained while attempting to fend off Shum's advances. But a doctor said the woman probably received those injuries three to five days earlier. Pang noted that there had been discussion of inconsistencies in the woman's testimony, but said it was not surprising for a victim in such a case to make errors when describing the events. Before acquitting him, Pang said Shum's portrayal of the events during the trial had raised a feeling of disgust. But the magistrate said: 'This is a criminal trial, so I cannot use society's moral standards to judge the defendant.' The woman told the court that after she and Shum left a Sha Tin bar where they had just met in the early hours of January 13, Shum suddenly jumped into the driver's seat of her van with her. He drove to the car park of the Regal Riverside Hotel, where he molested her despite her protests and attempts to push him away. But Shum said the woman nodded when he asked whether she wanted to drive into the car park with him and that she had shown her consent with her body language when he embraced, kissed and touched her. Shum, a married father of two, was a jockey from 1977 to 1983, when he rode 24 winners. He suffered from an eye illness and turned to training under champion horse trainer Ivan Allan, who made him an assistant trainer in 1995. Shum received his trainer's licence and started out on his own in the 2003-04 racing season, during which he had 34 winners. His horses had 18 wins last season.