Cheung Kin Wah, the former superintendent of the Bridge of Rehabilitation Company, earlier was accused of sexually assaulting a mentally disabled woman under his care. The Department of Justice later dropped the case as the woman failed to provide give evidence due to post-traumatic stress disorder, with such decision drawing much public concern and criticisms.
In an interview with Ming Pao, former Director of Public Prosecutions Ian Grenville Cross said that there used to exist a Vulnerable Witness Team in the 90s to specifically deal with cases involving mentally disabled people and underage victims. The team had 24 members in 2008. By mid-2010s, as then team leader Senior Assistant Director of Public Prosecutions Cheung Wai Sun retires, the Department of Justice disbanded the team. Cross pointed out that the Department should reinstate such team to protect the rights of such vulnerable witnesses and victims.
Spokesperson of the Department of Justice replied that the team has not been officially disbanded, but such system has not been used since the late-2010s. The DoJ now assigns a lawyer of directorate level to coordinate relevant policies. The spokesperson further said that the number of prosecutors that are capable of handling similar cases have increased, gradually diminishing the purpose of the Vulnerable Witness Team. However, this reply draws much criticism as the victim of this case is still unable to testify for herself.
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