A local cook who sexually assaulted two women after he gained their trust by impersonating a Hong Kong police officer was sentenced to six years in prison on Thursday.
A jury found Mui Kam-tim, 27, guilty of buggery and attempted rape after the women testified to being assaulted by him between April and September 2017.
The High Court heard Mui met both women online – on the photo site Instagram and dating app SweetRing – before he took them to motels and assaulted them.
One of the women, a 21-year-old referred to as “Q” to protect her identity, said she grabbed hold of a street light to prevent Mui from taking her against her will on April 30, 2017.
But she was overpowered, the court heard, and Mui forced her into a motel room, where he kissed and groped her while she cried.
He stopped his actions when Q promised to share the cost of the room, she said. He then took money from her wallet and ordered her to transfer HK$1,000 (US$127) to his bank account.
About five months later, on September 24, Mui brought another woman, a 33-year-old referred to as “R”, to a motel in Mong Kok.
The pair had consensual sex until Mui sodomised her against her will.
The court heard the assaults caused both women to develop post-traumatic stress disorder that required psychological therapy. R was further diagnosed with depression and anxiety disorder.
She also suffered from a vaginal infection after the assault.
Mui did not testify but had denied all the women’s allegations after his arrest.
In recorded interviews, he told investigators that Q had kissed him and took off his shirt at the motel, but they did not proceed because she was not ready to have a sex after a break-up.
He also claimed that he never had anal sex.
The jury ruled against Mui in June and convicted him on two of the four charges.
In mitigation, defence counsel Bruce Tse Chee-ho argued that his client committed the offences because he had misjudged the situation.
Tse also said the offences did not involve perverse behaviour or serious violence, and presented letters in Mui’s favour.
But Mr Justice Joseph Yau Chi-lap said the letters were not enough, given that Mui had previous convictions for indecent assault and impersonating a police officer.
The judge also noted that Mui had pretended to be a police officer to win his victims’ trust and planned the assaults.
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