A couple charged with murdering a five-year-old girl appeared at Hong Kong’s Tuen Mun Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday morning.
No pleas were taken from the two defendants, the girl’s 26-year-old father and 27-year-old stepmother, who are charged with one count of murder. The girl died on January 6 in a flat at Tuen Mun Trend Plaza in the New Territories.
As reported by HK01.com, the prosecutor said in court that the couple had abused the girl severely on January 5. Her father had thrown her in the air, hitting her head on the ceiling, at least ten times. The couple had also grabbed the girl’s arms and legs and shook her, the prosecutor said. The girl’s step-grandmother was reportedly out at work at the time.
The step-grandmother found the girl unconscious at around noon on January 6 and called emergency services. The giril was pronounced dead on arrival at hospital.
The prosecutor also stated that the girl and her 8-year-old brother had been abused by the two defendants for some time.
According to statements taken from the brother and a 7-year-old stepsister, the deceased girl and the boy suffered abuse at the hands of the couple nearly every day. The couple slapped the children’s faces with slippers, poked their chests with scissors and hit them with a rattan cane.
The couple did not give the children adequate food and forced them to sleep on the floor without any blankets.
The case was adjourned until March 6 to allow further police investigations. Both defendants were remanded in custody.