A 24-year-old migrant, who moved from China’s Hunan province to Hong Kong in 2011, was jailed for six and a half years after being found guilty of one count of rape by the High Court on Wednesday.
Henry Tse, who worked as a chef, was accused of raping a Hong Kong woman, whom he met only nine days earlier, at her home in Mong Kok on August 29, 2015.
Tse, then 22, sent the woman back home late in the evening after both had got drunk on whiskey at a friend’s birthday party. Tse took the woman home but didn’t leave, entering the woman’s room and allegedly raping her without using a condom.
The woman’s brother and mother discovered that Tse was having sex with the drunk woman but he ignored them and locked the door. He left the woman’s home a few minutes later.
Tse told the court that he liked the woman and wanted to marry her. He denied raping her in a previous court hearing.
Deputy High Court judge Stuart-Moore said the defendant shouldn’t try to excuse his crime by saying he was drunk, Am730 reported. The judge said the victim had been disturbed by Tse denying for the past two years that he had committed a crime. Having not used a condom was also a reason to increase the penalty on Tse, he said.
In 2011, Tse followed his mother, who divorced and then married to a Hong Kong man, to move to Hong Kong, as he was below 18 at the time.
In 2014, Tse was put on probation for 12 months after being charged with common assault.
The court ordered him to pay HK$20,000 in compensation to the victim.