Two women were jailed six months on Wednesday in Kowloon Magistrates’ Court for assaulting a six-year-old boy who had been physically abused in their care in 2016.
Four people were charged with six counts of common assault and assault occasioning bodily harm on the six-year-old for physically punishing him after he was accused of stealing money, Metro Daily reported.
Chan Po-king, 43, who started a babysitting service in her 300 square foot flat in Wong Tai Sin in Kowloon in September last year, was charged with one count of common assault. Her friend Ngai Sze-man, 30, was charged with one count of assault occasioning actual bodily harm. Both women had pleaded guilty in an earlier court hearing.
Chan’s 17-year-old son, Lam Tsz-lok, and 19-year-old daughter, Lam Tsz-ching, were also charged.
Lam Tsz-lok, pleaded guilty to two counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and one count of common assault. He is scheduled for sentencing on June 14, pending reports.
The prosecution offered no evidence against Lam Tsz-ching, who was charged with one count of common assault. She agreed to be bound over for 18 months and HK$1,000. A bind over order means a person agrees to be on their best behavior for the set period.
The boy had been living with Chan for a month from Monday to Friday, and had been going home with his mother on weekends.
On October 11, 2016, Chan’s son Lam Tsz-lok used a cigarette lighter to burn the right hand of the six-year-old, while asking the boy if he had stolen money.
The boy was ordered to perform 700 squat thrusts, but he refused and Lam Tsz-lok took him into the bathroom and poured cold water all over him from head to toe. The boy then did 750 squat thrusts.
Lam Tsz-lok then used a lighter gun to burn the boy’s upper lip and cheeks, the court heard.
After Chan returned home she ordered the boy to do 1,000 more squat thrusts, but this time on floor tiles, which were heated up by her son using a cigarette lighter, Apple Daily reported.
Ngai, who had recently been divorced and was staying with Chan, joined in the abuse when she returned to the flat, hitting the boy in his palms and thighs with a whip, while Lam Tsz-ching hit the boy in his chest.
At midnight, Ngai phoned the six-year-old’s mother, demanding HK$2,000 in compensation for her son allegedly stealing HK$200, a bracelet and a mobile phone.
When the mother picked up her son, she filed a report to the police after she found multiple injuries.
A doctor confirmed that both of the boy’s hands had whip marks and he had blisters on his right hand. Bruises were also evident on his forehead, cheeks and mouth, and scars were found on his lower jaw, elbows, buttocks and feet.