22 April 2019
Police are questioning a 28-year-old man following a rape crime at a housing estate in Tuen Mun last Friday. Photo: Google Maps,
Police are questioning a 28-year-old man following a rape crime at a housing estate in Tuen Mun last Friday. Photo: Google Maps,

Man arrested after rape at Tuen Mun housing estate

A 28-year-old man has been arrested in connection with a rape that took place at a residential estate in Tuen Mun last Friday.

Releasing details of the alleged incident, the police said on Sunday that they took a man into custody in Mongkok.

According to officers, a 30-year-old woman was sexually assaulted at her flat at Po Tin Estate on the morning of June 9.

The woman, who is living on her own, was believed to have been followed by the suspect as she was on her way home at around 11:30am.

When the lady tried to go out again later, the suspect appeared at the door, pushed her back into her flat and raped her, Ming Pao Daily News reports.

The victim reported the case to the police Friday evening. Officers said they waited until Sunday to make an announcement as they needed time to take statements from the woman and conduct initial investigations.

Investigators distributed questionnaires and sought to gather evidence around at the housing estate on Sunday.

According to news website, the suspect was arrested late in the night on Sunday in Mongkok.

Sources were quoted as saying that the suspect may have been monitoring the woman for many days to understand her schedule.

According to inspector Wong Wing-hung of Tuen Mun District Police, the suspect is a Chinese male of medium build, and about 1.7 meters in height.

The man was wearing a grey T-shirt, blue shorts and black shoes at the time of the crime. CCTV footage showed him leaving the Po Tin Estate.

The suspect made his way into a lift when the woman got in, but he is believed to have exited on a different floor.

After getting out of the lift, he made a dash on foot to the floor where the victim lived and lay in wait near the door for an ambush, the police suspect.

Linda Wong Sau-yung, executive director of the Association Concerning Sexual Violence Against Women, said the layout of Po Tin Estate was problematic.

Wong, who has visited the housing estate in the past, said there are many corners in the corridors, making it easy for criminals to monitor and waylay their targets, Apple Daily reports.

As Po Tin Estate is an interim public housing project, Wong said social ties among neighbors may not be strong.

She urged the District Council and the Housing Authority to consider strengthening security measures at the premises.

Lawmaker James To criticized the police for making a public announcement on the case only after about 54 hours after the crime took place.

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