Cheung Kin-wah, a former director of the Bridge of Rehabilitation care home, has been found guilty of assaulting an underaged and visually impaired woman over 30 years ago.

The 57-year-old was convicted of five counts of indecent assault on Thursday. The prosecution said Cheung kissed and groped his victim on five occasions between 1982 and 1986, starting when she was just seven years old.

Cheung Kin-wah.

Deputy Judge Ernest Lin said that the woman’s testimony was credible and could provide enough evidence about what happened, according to RTHK. It was also established by medical experts during trial that the woman was able to identify Cheung at a close distance, despite her visual impairment.

The woman told the court that she was afraid to report the assaults at the time, but decided to go to the police in 2016 after hearing about Cheung being embroiled in another case where he was accused of raping a mentally disabled woman.

On the other hand, Lin dismissed Cheung’s testimony as self-serving and unreliable.

Cheung was remanded in custody and will be sentenced on June 6, pending a victim impact report and a report on Cheung’s background.

File photo: Holmes Chan/HKFP.

Cheung had two previous brushes with the law, including allegations of raping a woman with moderate intellectual disability in 2014. The charge was dismissed in May 2017 after the woman was deemed unfit to testify.

He was also prosecuted in 2002 for allegedly molesting two mentally disabled residents under his watch, but he was acquitted after the court held that the victims’ testimonies were contradictory.

Established more than 20 years ago, the Bridge of Rehabilitation mainly served mentally disabled and people who were previously diagnosed with mental illnesses. The Social Welfare Department revoked its licence in 2016 after the media revealed that at least six residents died at the home.

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Holmes Chan

Holmes Chan is a reporter at Hong Kong Free Press. He covers local news with a focus on law, politics, and social movements. He studied law and literature at the University of Hong Kong.