KUALA LUMPUR: A 32-year-old man was fined RM5,000 in default of six months in jail after he admitted to abusing his five-year-old stepson last February.
The clerk admitted to abusing his stepson until the toddler suffered a bump on his forehead, bruises and red marks on the right eye area between 10am and noon at Apartment Desa Tasik Fasa 6B on Feb 17.
He was charged under Section 31(1)(a) of the Child Act 2001 which carries a maximum fine of RM50,000 or jail up to 20 years or both upon conviction.
The accused pleaded guilty after the charge was read out to him before Sessions Court judge Rohatul Akmar Abdullah here on Monday (June 24).
Lawyer Muhammad Amin Abdullah, who represented the accused, said his client was a first-time offender.
“The accused got angry at the victim after the victim’s one-year-old brother fell.
He is the sole breadwinner as his pregnant wife had quit her job due to stress at work,” he said.
Amin asked for the court to pass a minimum fine as the family had to fork out money due to the case.
“The victim had to change schools and he is now being taken care of by his aunt,” Amin added.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Afiq Nazrin Zaharinan asked the court to consider that the offence had happened to the accused’s own stepson and not someone else.
“The victim was hit on his face and head,” he said.
Judge Rohatul then passed the sentence.
According to the statement of facts, the victim’s mother was in the bathroom when she heard her child crying.
She saw her husband scolding the victim and pushing the victim to the wall for not taking care of the one-year-old baby.
As the accused, the victim and the one-year-old went out to buy ice for the bruises, the victim and his brother were playing near the stairs while waiting for the lift.
The accused scolded the victim again and slapped him, causing him to fall on the stairs and hit his head on the wall.
The victim was taken to Hospital Ampang and the attending doctor lodged a police report over the matter.