Father convicted of abusing 4 of his 5 children

A 35-year-old father was on Thursday (July 21) found guilty of abusing four of his five children over a two year period.
A 35-year-old father was on Thursday (July 21) found guilty of abusing four of his five children over a two year period.PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - A 35-year-old father was on Thursday (July 21) found guilty of abusing four of his five children over a two year period.

The man - who cannot be named to protect his children's identities - stepped on his son's hand, breaking his wrist, and held his youngest child, a five-month-old girl, upside down by one leg.

The children are now aged between eight months and 11 years old.

A community court heard that at about 6.15pm on April 13, a Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) child protection officer found bruises and a burn mark on his six-year-old son.

When she told the man she needed to take the boy for a medical check-up, he threatened to commit suicide.

The father said: "If you bring him, you won't see me any more. I won't do it in front of your eye and I will do it behind, don't regret. If you bring him for medical, you will see it in the news tomorrow."

The man then left the home, but returned at about 8.40pm to find the MSF officer still in his flat.

Angry, he threw his mobile phone at her, but missed.

The father then carried his son into the kitchen and placed him on the window ledge. He then climbed onto the ledge and sat next to his son.

Afraid, the MSF officer left the home and called the police.

In March, the father also threw a lit cigarette at the boy's face, kicked his stomach and slapped his face. The boy is currently with a foster family.

Later that month, the father grabbed his then five-month-old daughter by one of her legs and held her upside down. He also tried to punch her after becoming agitated by her crying, the court heard.

His 23-year-old second wife made a police report the next day. The baby is now in her care and they have moved out of her husband's home.

In February 2014, the man used a rubber hose to hit his then nine-year-old eldest child on his legs and arms. He also slapped and punched the boy's face. The assault ended when the boy apologised for being rude to his mother the day before.

The boy was taken by his teacher to hospital the next day after she wiped powder off his face to find bruises and red marks on it.

In March that year, the father also stepped on his then seven-year-old son's left hand and stomach. The boy was taken to hospital by his teacher the next day and found to have a broken wrist.

The man's eldest two children have since been admitted into an orphanage. It is not known who is caring for the man's remaining child, who was not abused.

The prosecution wants the father to be jailed for three years. Sentencing is expected next Thursday.