A landlord of subdivided flats in Yuen Long was found guilty Thursday on four counts of rape in a case involving a ten-year-old girl.
Delivering the guilty verdict, a High Court judge said he will pronounce a sentence on July 8, news website hk01.com reported.
The court heard earlier that the victim and her mother came to Hong Kong in 2009 from mainland China and had rented a subdivided flat owned by the defendant.
In March 2014, the landlord knocked on the door one day when the girl was alone. He asked the girl as to when her mother was expected to return home.
When told that the mother would come home late, the man closed the door and raped the young girl, according to prosecution lawyers.
The girl said she was very scared when the landlord forced himself on her.
She tried pushing him away and raising an alarm, but the landlord threatened her that he will kick the girl and her mother out of the flat if she resists or tells anyone about the incident.
Out of fear, the girl kept the matter to herself.
Later, the man assaulted her sexually three more times, on different occasions.
It was only later when the family migrated to the US in mid-2014 that the young victim found the courage to disclose the incidents to her mother.
The family then made a trip to Hong Kong and filed a complaint with the police.
The defendant, 48, revealed in court that he has had sexual relations with the girl’s mother, whom he regarded as a mistress.
He said he waived HK$1,900 per month in rental between 2009 and 2014 for the mother and her girl and that he even supported them for their daily expenses.
The court learnt that during the period between March and June 2014, when the crime took place, the father of the girl was working as a computer engineer in the US, while his family was staying in Hong Kong.
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