5 May 2016
Man jailed for 60 days after sex assault
A Chinese man who tried to have his conviction for sexually assaulting a woman in a bus station thrown out because he claimed his plea to the charges had been lost in translation was today (Thursday) jailed.
Loi Li lost a six-month battle to retract his guilty plea over repeatedly stroking a woman’s bottom at Arbroath Bus Station on Catherine Street on September 14 2014.
Loi “took umbrage” with a Chinese interpreter he had been assigned.
The assault was admitted by Loi last March but it emerged his interpreter in the dock spoke a different Chinese language.
Forfar Sheriff Court heard Loi spoke the Sino-Tibetan language Hakka and had been given an interpreter who spoke the more mainstream Cantonese dialect.
However, a sheriff was told that the opinion of another interpreter was that the Cantonese for “guilty” and “not guilty” were sufficiently different that Loi could not have misunderstood his plea.
A legal application to withdraw his plea was subsequently rejected and in mid-February Sheriff Gregor Murray remanded him, saying the accused was “the author of his own misfortune”.
He said at that hearing: “Every part of this case has been delayed following your original plea of guilty. The latest delay I do not find to be acceptable in any way.
“Considerable money has been wasted to date in this case and I want to be certain that there is an interpreter and you are there at the same time and place.” […]