The Straits Times
Published on Jan 02, 2013

Man gets six months' jail for beating boy with belt


For two years, a young boy was beaten and burned with heated objects by his grandaunt and her family for allegedly stealing food and misbehaving.

The horrific abuse, which started in 2009, left the now 12-year-old permanently disfigured.

A district court on Wednesday jailed the former husband of the grandaunt for six months for ill-treating the boy in 2009.

He had pleaded guilty to hitting the boy with a belt. The man, a car park attendant, will start his sentence on Jan 10 as he needed time to collect his salary and transfer it to his wife.