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Rape suspect refused bail, told to apply for legal aid

07 April 2020

The accused will return to West Kowloon Court on May 18

A natural-born Filipino with Hong Kong citizenship  accused of rape has been refused bail by a West Kowloon magistrate, who advised him to seek legal aid for his future court appearances.

The defendant, M.  Roxas, appeared before Magistrate Lau Suk-han on Apr 7, three weeks after the magistrate court in Fan Ling also rejected his bail application.


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A lawyer from the Duty Lawyer Service said Roxas was offering bail of $12,000 for his provisional liberty.

The defendant said he would stay in his father’s house in Tung Chung and report to the North Lantau Police Station daily.
But the prosecution objected to Roxas’ bail application, citing the serious nature of the case. He sought an adjournment of the case for further legal advice.

The prosecutor said the defendant was born in Hong Kong and is a HKSAR passport holder despite his father being a Filipino.
The alleged victim is said to be a cousin of the suspect’s stepmother.

Lau agreed to adjourn the case until May 18, and ordered the defendant remanded in custody. – Vir B. Lumicao


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