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Hong Kong finance manager jailed for harassing assistant

A manager at a financial institute was sentenced to four years in jail yesterday at Hong Kong's High Court for attempting to rape a colleague.

The jury found the defendant guilty after five hours of deliberations. According to Apple Daily, the defendant Kong Chi Wing hired 23-year-old X as his personal assistant in May 2016 on a monthly salary of HK$8,000.

On 15 May 2016, five days after X joined the company, Kong invited her and two other male colleagues to after-work drinks.

After X got drunk, Kong and the colleagues took her to the Four Season Hotel in a taxi.  The male colleagues went into a room and Kong took X into another room. She was so drunk she was taken to the room in a wheelchair.

X woke up wearing only a robe and her underwear. She yelled and shouted loudly and finally got away from the room to seek help from the police.

Pleading the case for Kong, his defense lawyer said Kong was married recently with a one-year-old daughter, didn't use violence and there is a low chance of him committing the crime again.

Mr Justice Darryl G Saw said the defendant was taking advantage of the victim. Instead of taking a drunk colleague home, Kong took her to a hotel. Per the judge, there is a high possibility that he would have raped X, if she had not resisted.

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