A Drug-Assisted Rape in China
Posted by Childress on June 15, 2006
This is quite a story out of China. As you read it, consider this: When someone is unconscious, it means they need IMMEDIATE medical care, not rape. This guy came very close to killing his victim, and should have been charged with that too.
NOTE: The language from the report, from the South China News, is pretty graphic.
A man who raped a woman after taking drugs with her at a popular Kowloon disco was jailed for five years yesterday.
Hoang Minh-tung, 37, had pleaded guilty in the Court of First Instance to rape and of buggery without consent of the 23-year-old woman in September last year.
Hoang pleaded not guilty to a third charge, of trafficking in a dangerous drug, which the prosecution agreed not to pursue in exchange for guilty pleas to the two more serious charges.
The court heard that at 4.40am on September 22, the woman and two friends went to the 348 disco on Nathan Road. They danced for a while before the woman bought two Ecstasy tablets. She took one and her friends shared the other.
Hoang appeared soon afterwards and danced with one of the friends before buying them a glass of a "beer-like drink". Hoang then took the woman and one of her friends to a table where another man handed them a bag of ketamine, which the two women snorted.
When one of the women became ill, Hoang took her to a Yau Ma Tei hotel. A desk clerk noted Hoang had to carry the woman, who appeared to be asleep. Some time later, the woman woke to find herself naked on a bed as Hoang performed a sex act on her. Unable to resist him, or stand the pain, she passed out again.
When she next awoke she was still naked and Hoang was standing naked by the bed. She was in pain when she gathered her clothes and returned to the nightclub with Hoang.
She reported the incident and Hoang was arrested that morning. He at first claimed she had offered to have sex with him for $500 but later changed his story.
In sentencing Vietnam-born Hoang, Deputy High Court Judge Peter Longley said the fact the woman knowingly consumed drugs did nothing to reduce the severity of the crimes.
Smart judge. If anything, the fact that Hoang provided drugs known to facilitate rape made the crime more severe, not less.