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Helper accused of indecent assault, threats on ward

08 July 2018

By Vir B. Lumicao

A Filipina domestic worker has denied charges in Kwun Tong Court that she had indecently assaulted her nine-year-old female ward in Tseung Kwan O in March and hurt, or threatened to hurt her, on various occasions.

Chery C. Gano, who is in her 30s, pleaded not guilty to one count of indecent assault, two counts of common assault, and three counts of threatening to hurt the victim, who was identified only as “X”.

All the alleged assaults and threats on the victim took place between Feb 13 and Mar 5, according to the charges that were read to the defendant by an Ilocano interpreter in court. No further details of the cases were disclosed.

Gano, who is on bail, is represented by Mohammed Shah, who was appointed under the Duty Lawyers scheme.

The prosecution applied to Magistrate Bina Chainrai for a transfer of the case to the Kowloon City Court on Jul 27 for trial.

The prosecutor said the victim, who is in Primary 3, could not give evidence while she was still attending school, so the trial would have to wait until the school year is over.

Chainrai granted the application and extended Gano’s bail.

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