Date
21 January 2017
A judge at the Fanling Magistrates’ Court handed a guilty verdict Wednesday to a police officer who had faced accusations of inappropriately touching his daughter. Photo: RTHK
A judge at the Fanling Magistrates’ Court handed a guilty verdict Wednesday to a police officer who had faced accusations of inappropriately touching his daughter. Photo: RTHK

Policeman found guilty of indecent assault on own daughter

A senior police constable was found guilty on four charges of indecent assault and common assault on his own daughter, who was six years old at the time of the crime in 2013, Apple Daily reported.

The police officer was alleged to have touched his daughter inappropriately on three occasions while bathing her. The incidents are believed to have taken place between May and September 2013.

The 42-year-old officer was also said to have handcuffed his daughter and pointed his police gun at her head.

Delivering a verdict Wednesday at the Fanling Magistrates’ Court, judge Raymond Wong Kwok-fai said touching a child’s breast in circular motions with both hands cannot be considered normal actions from a parent giving a bath to children.

The daughter also testified that her father has rubbed her anus by force.

There was an obvious element of obscenity, Magistrate Wong pointed out, adding that he was convinced that the daughter’s testimony was her real-life experience and therefore was trustworthy.

Senior Counsel Eric Kwok Tung-ming, who represented the police officer, pleaded to the court that his client has had a good service record with the police force and that the officer could lose his job and pension if convicted.

Kwok argued that three counts of indecent assault were not of a serious nature and that his client’s identity as a police officer should not aggravate the nature of the crime, as he was off duty at the time of the alleged incidents.

According to the report, the defendant’s attorneys spent nearly two-and-a-half hours interrogating the police officer’s daughter, suggesting that she was trying to get her father in jail under the influence of her mother who wanted a divorce with her husband.

Magistrate Wong noted that the daughter remained unfazed despite being subjected to tough grilling and having to answer more than 300 questions.

That indicates that she was not making up things, he said, also noting that the child was able to provide minute details.

Wong has asked for the defendant’s psychological and background assessment reports, before he pronounces a sentence on February 17.

The police officer will remain in custody in the meantime.

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