Date
24 May 2017
A Gambian man is facing charges of attempted sexual assault on an elderly woman in a Tuen Mun village late Sunday. Photo: DBC
A Gambian man is facing charges of attempted sexual assault on an elderly woman in a Tuen Mun village late Sunday. Photo: DBC

Gambian man denied bail after being accused of attempted rape

A Hong Kong judge has denied bail to a Gambian man who has been accused of attempted rape of a 63-year-old woman in Tuen Mun on Sunday.

The man, who is 33 years in age, tried to sexually assault the elderly woman at a house in Siu Lam village, the Tuen Mun Magistrates’ Court heard Wednesday.

The woman is said to have shouted for help, prompting neighbors to rush to her house and alert the police.

According to a Sing Tao Daily report, the woman is the aunt of the Gambian man’s wife.

After preliminary investigations, police officers arrested the man and pressed charges of attempted rape.

The African national is said to be living in Hong Kong after filing asylum claims as a torture victim.

His lawyer argued that the defendant didn’t intend to commit any crime.

The elderly woman made false accusations as she harbored ill-feelings towards the man, the lawyer said.

However, the judge refused to grant bail, saying the charges against the defendant were serious and that he should be continued to be kept in custody.

The next court hearing is scheduled for Feb. 11.

Authorities, meanwhile, are conducting a forensics investigation and awaiting some lab results.

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