My rapist threatened to kill me as he showed me Hong Kong horror film Dream Home, woman tells court
High Court hears alleged victim asked attacker’s father for help, but was told he had already helped the 28-year-old with an earlier rape allegation
A young Hong Kong woman broke down in court on Thursday as she accused an unemployed man of threatening to kill her with cable ties, inspired by local horror film Dream Home, before raping her at knifepoint.
The High Court heard the 28-year-old woman, identified only as Y for her protection, testify that the alleged attack took place while she was imprisoned against her will in Cheung Tsz-hong’s flat after he tried to persuade her that “nobody in the world was good” except him.
The court heard that Y tried to escape many times but failed, even after she sought help from Cheung’s father at the flat. Cheung told her his father had already helped him when he was earlier placed on a police wanted list.
“I wanted to survive,” Y testified, from behind a screen. “Afterwards, I would think of the means to get him arrested.”
Her alleged assailant Cheung, also 28, is on trial over four counts of rape and one count each of false imprisonment, robbery, indecent assault and assault occasioning actual bodily harm. The case involves two alleged victims.
The court heard the pair first crossed paths in Tuen Mun Court, when Y went to see a lawyer because she was accused of possessing dangerous drugs. Cheung was in the court building too, but Y only became aware of this on December 13, 2016 when a man named “Cheuk Tsz-hong” reached her on Facebook with an invitation to dinner with his grandmother.
Y said she was reluctant but eventually agreed as he presented himself as in a miserable state.
So she followed Cheung into his flat the next day, playing with her phone as she waited for his family, who never came.
Y said she noticed something was wrong as Cheung put something around her neck. Then, she continued, he tied the plastic cable around her neck so tightly that she could not breathe.
“I thought that maybe I would die just like that,” she testified.
Y said she cried, screamed and struggled to rip off the tie and run out of the room. But Cheung threatened her with a 20cm fruit knife held 3cm from her eye, and restrained her with ties around her wrists before giving her drugs, slapping her and running the blade along her face.
He told her he believed himself to be “the king” and that she should trust only him, Y said. When he thought she looked insincere, he punished her by scorching her thigh with the blade, which he had heated with a lighter.
Y said she was then shown the Hong Kong film Dream Home, which showed people killed with plastic cables. She said Cheung told her he would kill her that way, because no one had believed his earlier rape denials, and he would take all the revenge on her.
“He then did what he wanted to do,” she said before breaking down in tears. “I don’t know how to say it.”
When she recovered after a 25-minute court break, Y testified that Cheung raped her three times, and tried to ejaculate inside her without wearing a condom.
“I was really scared,” she continued. “I was thinking to myself that if I became pregnant because of this man I could not overcome it.”
Prosecutor Michael Arthur asked: “Would you recognise this man when you see him again?”
“He’s over there in the blue top,” Y replied.
“The defendant is identified,” Madam Justice Judianna Barnes Wai-ling said.
The seven-day jury trial continues with Y’s testimony.