Hong Kong girl, age 12, raped five years by father’s friend: A 12-year-old girl in Hong Kong was allegedly sexually abused by her father’s 61-year-old friend over a five-year period beginning in 2008, said police on Friday.
Police said the case came to their attention on New Year’s Eve when she was allegedly beaten by her father.
On Tuesday afternoon, a relative of the girl brought her to Tuen Mun Hospital for minor abrasions on her arm, and security officials were alerted.
Police reportedly suspected she had been beaten by her 43-year-old father at their home in Tuen Mun, and crime squad officers were sent to the residence to investigate.
The officers found enough cause to suspect that not only had she been beaten by her father, but that she had also been molested and raped by her father’s elderly male friend since she was seven years old, according to reports.
The authorities arrested both the father and the friend on Thursday night.
“The girl’s father was arrested on suspicion of assaulting her and his friend was arrested on suspicion of raping and molesting her,” said a police spokesman on Friday morning.
Police said the sexual offences started when the elderly friend began looking after the girl at his apartment in Tsing Yi.
The two suspects were still being questioned at the Tuen Mun police station as of Friday afternoon, and neither has yet been charged.
It was also unclear if the father knew that his friend had been sexually abusing his daughter, said reports.
In the first 10 months of 2013, police recorded 92 reports of rape, which was down from 101 during the same period in 2012.
The figures show reports of rape had risen in 2012 by 33 per cent from the whole of 2011.