Date
26 September 2017
The Justice Department says it was forced to drop the charges against a rehabilitation center chief after the victim was found unfit to stand trial. Photo: HKEJ
The Justice Department says it was forced to drop the charges against a rehabilitation center chief after the victim was found unfit to stand trial. Photo: HKEJ

DOJ slammed for dropping sex charges against rehab center boss

The Department of Justice (DOJ) is under fire for dropping charges against the director of a private rehabilitation center for handicapped children who was accused of having unlawful sex with a female resident. 

The Parents’ Association of Pre-School Handicapped Children said in a statement it is “extremely furious and disappointed” at the decision to dismiss the charges against Cheung Kin-wah, director of Bridge of Rehabilitation Company.

The DOJ said it was forced to drop the case after the victim was found unfit to stand trial, Ming Pao Daily reports.

The association urged the government and the Legislative Council to look into potential loopholes in existing regulations to better protect the handicapped, Ming Pao Daily reports.

It said the DOJ laid down 17 measures in 1993 to enable the mentally handicapped to participate in the judicial process and testify in court. 

The association cited circumstantial evidence that Cheung engaged in unlawful sex with the victim in August 2015.

In a video deposition, the victim told investigators that Cheung gave her candies afterwards.

Police later found tissue paper with Cheung’s sperm and DNA material from the victim inside a rubbish bin in Cheung’s office.

Video footage from the victim’s roommate was also submitted in evidence.

Meanwhile, a District Court rejected Cheung’s application for legal costs.

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