Jail term for drunken assault on 4-year-old

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 18 October, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 18 October, 2007, 12:00am

A man who slammed his four-year-old son into a wall during a drunken outburst that left the child with a dislocated jaw and other injuries was jailed for 21 months yesterday.

Deputy District Court Judge William Lam Kui-po convicted the 38-year-old, whose identity cannot be disclosed, on a charge of wilful assault.

The court was told that police were called on October 22 last year after the defendant's mother reported that her grandson had been injured in an incident and she was worried about his condition.

Delivering his verdict, Deputy Judge Lam said the evidence of prosecution witnesses - including the housing estate security guard, the boy's grandmother and police - was also consistent with the boy's version given in video recording.

The boy said his father had thumped his head against the wall, causing his head to bleed and leaving him in great pain.

The man testified that he had consumed four bottles of beer and had become annoyed by his 'naughty' son who kept running around.

The judge said there were inconsistencies in the defendant's testimony, and that he had not shown concern for his son or allowed his elderly mother to tend to the boy's wound.

The grandmother had testified that she found the boy crying in the corridor outside their flat and that the defendant had stopped her from taking care of the boy.

A medical report read out to the court said the child had multiple abrasions on his face. Cuts, redness and bruising were found on his right ear, hand, elbow and lips. He had a dislocated jaw and loose teeth.

The court was told the boy was under the care of the Social Welfare Department and would remain in its custody for three years under a custody and protection order.