A 27-year-old Hong Kong man was sentenced to 10 years in prison at the High Court in Hong Kong on Wednesday for raping a newly arrived Indonesian domestic worker.
Judge Campbell-Moffat reprimanded Fung Hoi-yeung, a construction worker and the father of a two-year-old daughter, for showing no remorse for what he had done on the victim, identified as X. The woman had only been working at his home for five days, the Oriental Daily reported.
The judge said the defendant claimed the maid falsely accused him of rape by keeping his semen-stained underpants as evidence so she could get one month’s salary in lieu of notice and a return ticket as compensation if the defendant terminated her contract.
But the man later changed his statement, claiming X had framed him for the debt payment to an employment agency. Meanwhile, the defendant’s mother and sister also gave evidence at the court, accusing the maid of doing unhygienic work.
The judge said he could see the defendant and his family did not respect the woman. He cited the letter that the defendant’s sister wrote for leniency, wrongly describing the woman as Indian. The defendant treated the woman with contempt throughout the trial, the judge said, adding that the trial put the victim, a married Muslim, under great pressure.
The crime took place in 2017 in a public housing apartment in Tin Tsz Estate in Tin Shui Wai, the New Territories. The worker sent a text message to her agent about the rape and the agent reported it to police. The victim’s clothes and bedsheet were collected for examination and it was confirmed that both X’s blood and the defendant’s sperm were found.