Hong Kong therapist convicted of raping German woman
Victim was given a fruit smoothie containing Rohypnol during treatment for back pain two years ago
A 44-year-old Hong Kong naturopath was found guilty in the High Court on Monday of two charges after raping a German visitor two years ago in his Mong Kok health center in Kowloon district.
Defendant Man Yiu-fai was convicted of raping and administering drugs to obtain or facilitate an unlawful sexual act on the woman in May 2015.
On May 31 last year, the then 23-year-old woman, who came to Hong Kong to visit her German boyfriend, sough treatment for back pain from Man, Apple Daily reported.
He gave her a fruit smoothie that contained a sedative called Flunitrazepam and she soon lost consciousness during treatment and was shocked when she woke up as Man was raping her, the court heard earlier. Flunitrazepam is better known as date-rape drug Rohypnol.
The day after the rape, police officers arrested Man in his home, where they confiscated as evidence a video-recording watch that had three tapes of the victim, Oriental Daily reported.
In a previous case, Man was acquitted of a charge of indecent assault of a Hong Kong woman in December 2014. He was accused of drugging her with the intent of committing an unlawful act.
Deputy High Court judge Mr Justice Michael Stuart-Moore directed the jurors to acquit because the description of the charge did not match the alleged acts by Man at that time.
Man’s sentencing hearing is on July 5, pending an assessment report on the victim. The maximum penalty for administering drugs to obtain or facilitate unlawful sexual act is up to 14 years’ imprisonment and it is a life term for rape.