HONG KONG: A woman accused of incest offered sex to her father because she did not want him to marry his fiancée, a Hong Kong court heard on Monday.
The District Court heard earlier that the two occasions in which the now 26-year-old daughter had sex with her father took place in 2009.
A psychological report her lawyer cited on Monday revealed that the incidents came at a time when her father, a Chinese medicine practitioner, was about to tie the knot with his fiancée.
The prospect deepened the desperation of a daughter who had been deprived of her mother's love, her lawyer said. Judge Timothy Casewell sought a probation officer's report to study the possibility of a non-custodial sentence for the woman, but refused to seek the same for the father.
The report added the two sexual encounters arose from "misplaced love, infatuation and devotion to her father". "It serves no purpose to society to lock her up and punish her," she argued, adding that what her client needed was help. "The consideration is different." The court heard earlier that the pair's intimate encounters took place when the daughter was 19 years old.
Every day, these hard-working felines wake up, stroll out of their little cat baskets, and get stuck in to a hard day working up front in their shop.
You have to wake up early, stare at a screen all day, and sometimes the kettle breaks and you can’t make a cup of tea. We’re talking, of course, about the cats of Hong Kong.
Their days are spent tirelessly looking adorable, greeting customers, hunting mice, making sales, and ensuring high standards of cleanliness (mostly through licking, but still). And these cats are entirely dedicated to their work, always willing to stay late and make sure everything’s taken care of – even if that means napping behind the till.
One photographer is taking the time to bring light to these unappreciated hard-workers, with a new photo series called Hong Kong Shop Cats.