Fa­ther jailed seven weeks for hit­ting son

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A prop­erty agent was jailed for seven weeks yes­ter­day for ill-treat­ing his 10-year-old son, caus­ing him un­nec­es­sary phys­i­cal pain.

He swung his hand and hit the boy’s cheek while they were trav­el­ling in his car on Dec 30, 2015.

He also hit the vic­tim with a clothes hanger at least four times at home on Jan 2 last year. The 42-year-old man pleaded guilty to two counts of child abuse. An­other sim­i­lar charge was taken into con­sid­er­a­tion dur­ing sen­tenc­ing.

Deputy Pub­lic Pros­e­cu­tor Claire Poh said the ac­cused, who can­not be named in or­der to pro­tect the son’s iden­tity, and his wife are di­vorced with three chil­dren.

On Dec 30, 2015, he was driv­ing with the boy and his younger sis­ter seated at the back when he asked about his chil­dren’s out­ing a few days ear­lier.

The girl said they had met their mother. Up­set by this, he told his son to move to the front pas­sen­ger seat, and asked him why he had hid­den that fact from him.

When the boy did not an­swer, he hit his son’s right cheek with his left hand.

Three days later, he used a clothes hanger and struck the boy mul­ti­ple times on the body while he was sleep­ing.

He stopped when his do­mes­tic helper en­tered the room and took the clothes hanger from him. His for­mer wife made a po­lice re­port against him that day.

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