A soldier and a housewife were charged today with chaining a 10-year-old boy to a gas cylinder last month.
- First count of chaining boy to gas cylinder
- Second count of leaving child by himself
- Boy now in custody of biological father
- Victim will be given psychological help
Mohd Farid Mohamad, 32, and Fatimah Muhammad Zain, 37, were calm when they claimed trial to the two charges.
The case gained national attention after images of the chained child lying on the floor, clad only in his pants, went viral on social media.
The boy had earlier contacted his biological father several times to complain that he was being beaten by his stepfather.
His father said he had immediately contacted his ex-wife to confirm the matter.
“She said it was normal because he was mischievous,” the father said.
On the first charge, Farid and Fatimah, who is four month’s pregnant, were accused of abusing the boy by chaining his neck to the gas cylinder, which caused injury. The incident allegedly took place between 1am and 9.15am on Oct 5.
On the second charge, the married couple were accused of leaving the child by himself without having made arrangements for his care between 9am and 10.30pm on Sept 31.
Farid and Fatimah, who are stepfather and biological mother to the victim respectively, are purported to have committed the offences at a house at Block 31, 9 Lorong Indera Mahkota 1/13, Kuantan.
Judge Datuk Unaizah Mohd granted RM6,000 bail with one surety for each of the accused and set Jan 9 next year for mention.
The boy is currently in the custody of his 36-year-old biological father, who works as a car washer in Melaka Tengah.
Both father and son were not seen in court today.
On Oct 11, the biological father was granted temporary custody of the boy for one month for the Welfare Department time to determine if he could adequately care for the boy.
On Nov 8, he was granted three years’ custody by the Kuantan Children’s Court.
Pahang Welfare Department assistant director of child welfare Azmi Ibrahim said that the boy would also attend an interactive workshop with a Welfare Department psychology officer in Melaka.
“This is meant to give him any psychological help in case he is still traumatised by what happened.
“He will undergo the workshop for as long as he needs to get better,” Azmi said.