Tuen Mun, New Territories Photo: Google Maps

A 35-year-old man pleaded guilty at the Hong Kong High Court on Wednesday to one count of willfully assaulting his eight-year-old daughter.

The court heard that the defendant, who was not named, had found himself in financial difficulty after leaving his job at a funeral home and becoming a salesman, hoping to make a lot of money from commissions but failing to do so, Apple Daily reported.

Around the same time, his wife left the family after an argument with him.

On February 6 last year, the defendant came home drunk to his village house in Tuen Mun, New Territories. He yelled and screamed and woke his sister and his daughter up.

He said he wanted to kill his daughter, and grabbed her arm and held a glass of rat poison near her mouth.

The defendant’s sister took the glass of poison away from him, flushing it down the toilet.

The sister then saw the defendant grab the little girl’s neck and lift her up into the air for five seconds. The sister rescued the girl and locked herself and the child in a room. She called the police.

At Wednesday’s hearing, the court accepted letters from the defendant’s wife and daughter asking for leniency, while his six-year-old son gave the court a picture he had drawn for the same purpose, Sing Pao reported.

However, Justice Maggie Poon Man-kay questioned why a good father would hurt his children, saying that even in desperation, most parents would not dream of hurting their own kids. She added that a prison term would be inevitable.

The judge adjourned sentencing to March 7 and ordered reports on the man’s background and mental health.

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