GEORGE TOWN: A 39-year-old father was jailed 14 days by a magistrate’s court here after he admitted abusing his five-year-old son.
The assistant cook, who was charged with abusing his son with a cane and clothes hanger, was also fined RM5,000 in default four months’ jail.
His counsel Cheah Eng Soon told the court that his client felt remorseful for his actions.
“He only wanted to teach his son, who refused to do his homework, a lesson,” Cheah said in mitigation yesterday.
He also said his client’s plea of guilty had saved the court’s time and expenses.
The man, who was charged in court with the offence the first time yesterday, immediately pleaded guilty when the case was called up.
He admitted committing the offence at a house at Taman Bendera in Relau, at 4.40pm on June 10.
The offence under Section 31 (1)(a) of the Child Act 2001, carries a fine not exceeding RM20,000 or a jail term not exceeding 10 years or both, if convicted.
DPP Nurul Izzah Shaharuddin urged the court to mete out an appropriate sentence to serve as a lesson for the accused.
She also urged the court to con-sider the injuries sustained by the child.
It was reported that the child was admitted to the Penang Hospital’s paediatric ward on June 11 with multiple bruises on his back and legs.
Magistrate Sri Pracha Nanthini Balabedha ordered the accused to serve his jail sentence effective yesterday.
At press time yesterday, the man failed to pay the fine.