The Sha Tin Magistrates' Courts. Photo: Google Maps
The Sha Tin Magistrates' Courts. Photo: Google Maps

A 62-year-old Singaporean was found not guilty on Thursday of indecent assault of his former domestic helper because the victim and a witness failed to provide consistent testimony in a Hong Kong court.

Ong Choon Kwee, a board director, was charged with indecent assault after a Filipino worker, 23, accused him of attacking her twice in his home at Ville De Jardin in Sha Tin, New Territories, on April 30 and May 9, 2016, Sha Tin Magistrates’ Court heard on Thursday.

The helper had arrived in Hong Kong just a few days before she started her first job as a domestic helper in the city. 

Ong asked the maid to give him a massage and touch his genitals on April 30, Sing Tao Daily reported, citing another domestic worker, who claimed to have witnessed the incident. On May 9, he touched her breasts for two minutes when he was showing her how to use an air gun to scare the monkeys away.

However, the victim told the police that Ong touched her breasts twice for five seconds each. The victim and the witness said they had reported the two incidents to the employment agency, which said it was not informed.

Magistrate Colin Wong Sze-cheung said the statements from the maids were not trustworthy. He dismissed the charge, and pointed out that massage is not a part of domestic worker’s job duties, while physical contact is inappropriate between an employer and a maid.