Sai Wan Ho, Hong Kong Island Photo: Google Maps

A Hong Kong student pleaded guilty at the Eastern Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday to trying to strangle a woman on February 13th, using a piece of rope.

Ip Yat-ming, 21, pleaded guilty to one count of intent to cause grievous bodily harm on a 24-year-old woman by strangling her with a rope on a footbridge in Sai Wan Ho on Hong Kong Island, Oriental Daily reported.

The incident took place at night when the victim, a hospital worker, was walking home to Tung Hei Court after work.

After a rope was thrown over her head and around her neck, she managed to fight free by scratching her attacker’s face and eyes while screaming for help.

The victim, who sustained injuries to her face and neck, told the police that she did not know the defendant.

Police officers found a face mask and a rope inside the defendant’s backpack. He told police under caution that he faced immense pressure and did not want to continue with his studies.

The prosecution lodged a request for a report on the victim’s psychological state as the court heard that she has been seeing a psychiatrist since the attack. The magistrate adjourned the case to June 4 and ordered the defendant to be remanded in custody.

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