Woman pleads guilty to abusing 10-year-old stepbrother-in-law

KUALA PILAH: A-35-year-old woman pleaded guilty to a charge of abusing her 10-year-old stepbrother-in-law at their home in Felda Raja Alias 4 in Jempol.

The woman confessed to the act after the charge was read to her by a court interpreter before Session Court judge Norma Ismail.

She was charged with using a cane to hit the victim at 8.30am on June 4.

The beatings caused the boy to suffer injuries on his back, hands, legs, ear and head.

The accused was charged under Section 31 (1)(a) of the Child Act for mistreatment, neglect, abandonment and exposing a minor to harm.

The offence carries a maximum fine of RM50, 000, a jail term of up to 20 years or both, upon conviction.

Norma said she would deliver judgment on another date, pending a medical report on the victim's condition.

She then fixed July 14 for next mention.

The accused, who was unrepresented, was released on a RM5, 000 bail with one surety.

Christopher Enteri Anak Mawan prosecuted.

The accused and her husband were arrested on June 4 for allegedly abusing the victim, who was the man's stepbrother.

This came after police received a call from a member of the public, alerting them that a boy had apparently been badly caned.

A police team was immediately sent to the house to investigate.

Police later sent the boy, who had some injuries on his body, to the Jempol Hospital for treatment.

The victim, an orphan, has been living with the couple since his parents died.

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