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Coleraine businessman who sexually assaulted a female was snared after victim used her mobile phone to film him

By Nevin Farrell

A Coleraine businessman who sexually assaulted a female was snared when his victim used her mobile phone to film him touching her breast.

Sam-Kwai Shek (56), a takeaway owner from Railway Road, pleaded guilty to two charges of sexually assaulting the female and at Coleraine Magistrates Court on Friday he was fined £1,000 and ordered to pay £500 compensation to the victim.

A prosecutor said on Wednesday February 25, 2015, police received a report from the injured party alleging Shek "groped her breast".

The victim told police it happened on a number of occasions in January and February in 2015 and she had mobile phone footage of an incident.

The prosecutor said when Shek was interviewed he said he believed he had the consent of the female for what he was doing and did not believe he had done anything wrong.

Defence barrister Francis Rafferty handed in references to the court and said the defendant had owned his own business for the last 20 years.

He said the defendant's family were "disappointed and extremely embarrassed" but are "standing by him" and have been "very supportive" of him.

Mr Rafferty said Shek realises his behaviour was "inappropriate" and told the police that if the female had asked him to stop he would have.

The lawyer said the defendant regretted what happened and he was deemed a low likelihood of re-offending.

Mr Rafferty said Shek, who had a previously clear record, was "in all other respects, well-thought of".

Sentencing Shek, who was accompanied in court by an interpreter, District Judge Liam McNally said the the defendant's behaviour was "entirely inappropriate".

He said he had to take into account the guilty plea and said he was satisfied from a pre-sentence report that Shek had expressed genuine remorse.

Judge McNally added: "I'm satisfied from the report that there is a low risk of this type of behaviour being repeated and take into account that at the age of 56 you have a clear record and you are a hard-working businessman who, I see from the references, has contributed substantially to the community".

As well as fining Shek, the judge also imposed a two year Restraining Order on him regarding the victim.

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