Johor Bahru South district police headquarters, Malaysia. Photo: Google Maps

A 29-year-old Malay man and his 38-year-old Indonesian wife from Johor, Malaysia, were jailed for 24 months each at a Johor Bahru Session Court on Tuesday after they pleaded guilty to abusing their 12-year-old son.

The defendants, the boy’s stepfather Muhammad Farid Rosli and his biological mother Yuliani Chosibah, were charged with inflicting physical injuries on the child at their home at Pangsapuri Desa Melayu in Johor Bahru between 2017 and February 18 this year, The China Press reported.

On the morning of February 19, 2019, the Johor Bahru South district police received a report of suspected child abuse at the family home, where officers found the victim with scars and wounds to his body. They then referred him to a state hospital for treatment and medical examinations.

The court learned that the victim carried no MyKid identification and his birth was never registered. He did not attend school and lived at home with his two step siblings, a three-year-old girl and a one-year-old boy.

According to the boy’s grandmother, her son, the boy’s step-father, had been abusing the victim since 2017 hitting him with a rotan stick, and her daughter-in-law hit the 12-year-old with clothes hangers.

Under police questioning, the couple admitted that they had abused and neglected their son for the past two years.

On top of serving two years in jail, the duo were also placed on a three-year good behavior bond and ordered to do 48 hours of community service, or to serve another year in jail.

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