Couple charged with caning son to death

PETALING JAYA • A Malaysian couple were charged in the Selangor magistrate's court yesterday with caning their son to death.

No plea was recorded from Aaron Teoh Eng Wan, 34, and his wife En Sit Mooi, 36, pending transfer of the case to the High Court.

They are accused of murdering Adrian Teoh Wai Kit, aged nine, in Subang Jaya, Selangor state, between 2pm and 3.30pm on May 26.

They were charged under Section 302 of the Penal Code, read with Section 34, which carries the mandatory death sentence on conviction.

The couple were also charged in the Sessions Court with physically abusing their son repeatedly using two canes, at the same place, time and date. The charge under a section of the Child Act 2001 carries a maximum fine of RM50,000 (S$16,200) or a jail term of up to 20 years or both on conviction.

Both Judge Azwarnida Affandi and magistrate Zaki Asyraf Zubir set July 12 for re-mention of the case.

Deputy public prosecutor Natasha Chin Le Jy and Nadiah Malik Fauzie did not propose bail for the duo, who were unrepresented.

The case recalls an earlier one in April when an 11-year-old died after being caned severely at an Islamic school in Johor. Mohamad Thaqif Amin Mohd Gaddafi died after slipping into a coma in hospital, following amputation of both legs, which were severely wounded. He was allegedly beaten repeatedly by a hostel warden of the madrasah in Kota Tinggi in Johor.

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