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Police seized sex toys from man after rape allegation, three days before he imprisoned and raped second woman, Hong Kong court hears

Cheung Tsz-hong has pleaded not guilty to four counts of rape and one count each of false imprisonment, robbery, indecent assault and assault occasioning actual bodily harm

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 18 July, 2018, 8:51pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 18 July, 2018, 10:39pm

A Hong Kong man on Wednesday denied imprisoning a woman for three days during which he allegedly robbed and raped her and scorched her thigh with a hot knife, four days after raping another woman.

Opening their case against Cheung Tsz-hong, 28, prosecutors told a High Court jury of five men and two women that both victims, identified only as X and Y for legal reasons, were tricked into entering the defendant’s Tuen Mun flat in December 2016 after making contact with him on Facebook.

The court also heard X made a police report soon after she was allegedly raped, prompting officers to search Cheung’s flat and seize multiple sex toys and unused condoms, before Y reportedly fell victim.

Cheung was arrested five days after Y allegedly escaped into a restaurant when he took her out.

He has pleaded not guilty to four counts of rape and one count each of false imprisonment, robbery, indecent assault and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

Prosecutor Michael Arthur said the case began on December 10 when X, then 20, agreed on Facebook to meet Cheung for the first time after he suggested paying her to look after his store for a few hours while he went to mainland China.

But when X arrived at Cheung’s flat, Arthur said, the defendant tied her neck and hands with a white cable, threatened her and made her remove her clothes. Cheung was said to have put an object into X’s vagina before forcing oral and vaginal sex on her.

A police report was made hours later. Investigators visited Cheung’s flat on December 11 and seized six sex toys, two plastic covers in the shape of a penis and nine unused condoms.

X was sent for forensic examination, which found two 5mm-long linear reddish bruises on her neck and Cheung’s DNA around her vagina.

Three days later, Arthur said, Cheung reached out to another Facebook friend, Y, then 26, and invited her to dinner with his grandmother.

But after he picked her up, Cheung reportedly told Y he needed to change before dinner so she followed him home.

She was seated when he allegedly looped a cable tie around her neck. Arthur said Y tried to leave but was threatened at knifepoint. At one point, Cheung allegedly heated the blade of the knife and put it on Y’s thigh.

In the three days that followed, Y was allegedly robbed of her personal items and raped three times. “She wanted to leave but could not do so,” Arthur said.

Y’s mother reported her missing on December 15.

On his arrest on December 22, Cheung was found in possession of Y’s mobile phone. But he denied raping the women and said they had consented to sex with him.

He told investigators in subsequent interviews he had not used any cables to tie the women, but admitted using a knife during sadomasochistic activity, which he said Y had initiated. He claimed Y had framed him.

A medical examination found Y suffered second-degree burns, with blisters covering her left thigh. She also had bruises and cuts covering her neck, arm, wrists and legs.

Police later seized four plastic cable ties and a 20cm-long fruit knife from Cheung’s home.

The seven-day trial continues before Madam Justice Judianna Barnes Wai-ling.