Rape trial of foreign domestic helper commences today, female employee also charged with aiding and abetting rape

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8th August 2022 – (Hong Kong) A Filipino female domestic helper claimed that four years ago her naked female employer told her in English that “Sir likes you and he will pay you.” She was then dragged into the master bedroom before being raped by the male employer. The employer and his wife were later arrested and charged with rape, aiding and abetting rape. The male defendant in this case, Chan (48), was charged with 2 counts of attempted rape and rape of X at his residence in Hung Fuk Estate, Hung Shui Kiu on 21st January, 2018. His wife, Lai (36), was also charged with 2 counts of aiding and abetting Chan to rape and conduct indecent assault on X at the same place on the same day. According to the confession of the victim X, she was 30 years old at the time of the crime. She had worked as a domestic helper in Jordan and Saudi Arabia before, and came to Hong Kong for the first time in November 2017 to work at the defendant’s home. The female defendant was the employer in the employment contract.

At the time, the two defendants had an eight-year-old daughter and a one-and-a-half-year-old son. X claimed that the female defendant had threatened to call the police if she did not take good care of the two children. X decided to resign in January 2018, and was originally scheduled to officially resign in early March.

During the day of the incident, after X entered the room, the male defendant, who was also also naked, carried her to bed, forcibly took off her clothes, and then touched her and tried to have sex with her but unsuccessful. Afterwards, the female defendant gave the male defendant oral sex until he got an erection, and the male defendant finally succeeded in raping X. The prosecution alleged that the female defendant was always present when the male defendant assaulted X and she turned a deaf ear to X’s calls for help. She also assisted the male defendant to get an erection, all of which amounted to aiding and abetting the male defendant to rape the victim. During the period, the female defendant even touched X’s breasts, so she was also charged for indecent assault.

The two defendants were arrested on the same day after the incident was reported to the police. Police later arrested the two again in October 2019. Among them, the male defendant admitted to having sexual intercourse with X after his arrest, but said it was only a sex trade and denied rape. The forensic doctor examined X after the incident and confirmed that X’s lower body had recent injuries. DNA tests also confirmed that X’s vagina contained the male defendant’s semen. The case resumes tomorrow.

Case No: HCCC 134/2020

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