The Hong Kong High Court in Admiralty. Photo: Google Maps

A 24-year-old Pakistani man pleaded guilty at the High Court in Hong Kong on Thursday to one count of rape. Ali Nazakat, an unemployed man, faced charges of one count of rape and two counts of indecent assault against a 29-year-old local woman in 2016, Sing Pao reported.

The court heard that on December 6, 2016, the woman, identified as X, and friends had drinks in Lan Kwai Fong in Central. X could not remember the details of what happened after drinking, but later woke after sleeping on a sofa in a flat in an industrial building in the New Territories’ Kwai Chung. She was well dressed when she woke up.

The defendant sat next to her and touched her breast two times.

X returned home and suspected she had been raped and reported the case to police. After a medical examination, doctors found DNA samples on her matched the defendant.

The man was arrested, but denied the rape accusation. The defense lawyer said the defendant met X on the street near the industrial building. He said X had asked to stay over at the defendant’s place and initiated sex with him.

A jury on Thursday unanimously found the defendant guilty on the rape charge but not guilty on two counts of indecent assault. Judge Patrick Li said he will assess the post-traumatic report of the victim before the sentencing. He adjourned the case until January next year.

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