Ten defendants, aged 10 to 14, sent to juvenile home in Hong Kong after allegedly assaulting, taking nude photos of young girl

Brian Wong

Ten juvenile defendants who allegedly assaulted an 11-year-old girl and took nude pictures of her were sent to a juvenile home on Monday ahead of an April court date.

The six boys and four girls, aged 10 to 14, face a total of five counts at the Juvenile Court of Kwun Tong Magistracy.

Prosecutors said the victim was first attacked by three members of the gang at the Jade Plaza residential complex in Tai Po on an unspecified date in February.

The girl was attacked again by a larger group at three separate locations on March 10 and 11, the court was told.

Nine of the defendants stand accused of making child pornography by either taking nude pictures of the victim, or sharing the pictures with their peers.

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The victim suffered injuries to the head, neck and wrists, and remained hospitalised at Tai Po Alice Ho Miu Ling Nethersole Hospital, according to the prosecution.

In addition to the pornography complaint, other charges faced by members of the group include wounding with intent, assault occasioning actual bodily harm and common assault.

Juvenile Court magistrates can impose a maximum jail sentence of two years to defendants aged 14 and 15, though only if no other alternative sentencing options are available.

Acting principal magistrate Ivy Chui Yee-mei adjourned the case to April 20 to allow time for additional police investigation before ordering all defendants remanded to the Tuen Mun Children and Juvenile Home, operated by the Social Welfare Department.

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