The Eastern Magistrates' Court on Hong Kong Island. Photo: Google Maps

A 30-year-old Filipino man was jailed for three months at Eastern Magistrates’ Court for assaulting his girlfriend.

The defendant RJ Raqueño, a Hong Kong resident, was found guilty of two assault charges. The assaults were carried out on his then girlfriend, the mother of a young child, in their rented room in North Point in November last year, reported.

The defendant came to Hong Kong in 2007 and is supporting his three children in the Philippines.

In mitigation, the defense lawyer said the defendant is very remorseful and still loves his girlfriend, even though she has not seen him since the assaults were committed.

The lawyer cited a medical report stating that the victim’s injuries from the assaults were not serious. He also said there were no aggravating circumstances such as the use of weapons.

The magistrate Peter Yu said that although the injury the woman suffered from being kicked in the leg by the defendant did not require hospitalization, she was also choked, bitten on her left arm, and hit in the eye by the defendant.

The report did not mention the nationality of the victim.

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