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A 15-year-old Nepalese boy denied raping a 15-year-old Filipina at her apartment when he appeared in the High Court in Hong Kong on Friday and claimed he had an alibi.

The unemployed defendant pleaded not guilty to one charge of rape on July 31, 2017, at the girl’s apartment in Sai Ying Pun on Hong Kong, Oriental Daily reported.

The court heard on a video interview that the defendant and the victim, identified as X, knew each other on Facebook. X attended a friend’s birthday party in March 2017 and met the defendant in person, but she did not have any conservation with him.

A week before the crime, the defendant told X on social media that he wanted to have a talk. X invited the defendant to her apartment. X said when the defendant arrived at her home, they had some Nepalese food together.

The defendant told her he broke up with his girlfriend and then followed her to the bedroom. The defendant bought some wine and asked if she liked to drink. X agreed and had a few glasses.

X then felt unwell and the defendant pushed her on the bed and raped her even though she asked him to stop and pushed him away. X said she later texted the defendant, saying she could not believe in him anymore but the defendant blocked her on Facebook.

X told her friends about the rape in August and September and later told a social worker in November. The prosecution told the court on Friday that when the defendant was arrested by police in February 2018, he claimed he did not know X, or where was he had been on the day of the crime.

He told police he had not gone to X’s home. The defendant told the prosecution last month that he had an alibi as he stayed at home all that day and his mother could testify for him.

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