A retired father who molested a long-serving domestic helper and threatened to throw her out a window was sentenced to two and a half months imprisonment at the High Court on Thursday. The defendant was unanimously convicted by a seven-person jury of one count of indecent assault. He was cleared of a rape charge and a separate charge of indecent assault. Hong Kong man accused of rape ‘threatened to throw maid out of window’, High Court trial told Lee Man-biu, 65, dragged his Filipino domestic worker of nine years – identified in court as X – to a bedroom in his Sham Tseng flat and squeezed her breasts on October 13, 2014. X, who said she had been molested before, filmed the incident with her mobile phone. Lee threatened to throw his maid out a window of his 40th-floor flat if she told anyone what happened. In passing sentence, High Court judge Madam Justice Esther Toh Lye-ping said the offence was a “clear breach of trust between the employer and the employee”. “The victim was in a vulnerable position. “She was financially dependent on her employer and was far from home,” said Toh. Hong Kong father convicted of raping his daughter The judge believed that some force, though not great, was applied when the offence took place. Lee maintained his innocence, saying X consented. The court earlier heard the retired father offered X a sum of HK$500, which he told police was a payment for the sexual service she offered. Lee, who formerly owned a factory in Hong Kong, said he did not want his intimate relationship with X to be revealed to his wife and daughter, who both mostly stayed on the mainland. He told police X’s attitude changed after they had sex. In mitigation, barrister Oliver Davies, for the defendant, said his client was a man of good character. Lee said in a video-recorded interview earlier shown in court that he had hurt his family’s feelings and was filled with remorse.