A Hong Kong service station worker who tried to lure an eight-year-old girl to his home with HK$200 (US$25) was sentenced to six months in prison on Thursday. Eastern Court Principal Magistrate Peter Law Tak-chuen said Shum Tin-wai’s crime was serious and left memories that would haunt the Primary Two pupil. “Although there was no direct bodily contact, by following her, through what you said to her and considering her age, you would have no doubt given her a shock,” he said. Shum, 21, earlier pleaded guilty to one count of loitering. Hong Kong man tried to lure home girl, 8, with HK$200, court hears On December 5, Shum met the girl as she was heading home from school. He followed her to her family’s flat in Sai Ying Pun, the court previously heard. The girl, referred to as X to protect her identity, went home to change. Shum masturbated in a nearby public toilet then followed X again when she left to go to the convenience store. You took advantage of her lack of ability to defend herself Peter Law, Principal Magistrate “I will give you HK$200 to play with me at my home,” he told her. The girl was so scared she ran away and told her mother about the incident, the court heard. When the girl refused, Shum apologised and went to a ladies’ toilet to masturbate again. Police officers arrested Shum at his workplace two days later after checking CCTV footage. On Thursday, the magistrate slammed the accused's deliberate attempt to prey on a young girl, knowing she would be vulnerable to an attack. “You took advantage of her lack of ability to defend herself,” Law said. The incident prompted the girl’s school to remind parents to warn their children about talking to strangers. Some parents in the neighbourhood spoke of their concerns for their children’s safety.