Judge didn't take into account death of son, prosecutor argues The jailed parents of triplets should serve a heavier term for having willfully ill-treated and neglected their 21/2-year-old son leading to his death with a severe head injury, appeal judges were told yesterday. Prosecutor Kevin Zervos, SC, said the sentencing judge would have imposed a longer term than two years on Lam Lui-yin, 38, and his wife, Yim Ching-ting, 32, if he had taken into account the fact the boy died while under their care. But barrister Bruce Tse, for the pair, said District Court judge Bernard Whaley had considered all relevant factors and insisted the case was not the worst of its kind. Lam and Yim were jailed on May 4 on one count of willfully ill-treating or neglecting their eldest son, Bok-yam, between December 2003 and his death on February 7, 2004, and causing him unnecessary suffering or injury. Bok-yam suffered from a heart disease and had spent two years in hospital before returning home at the end of 2003. He was badly ill treated during 47 days under his parents' care until he died. According to a post-mortem report, the boy was found to have suffered 33 bruises and cuts to his head and limbs, most inflicted less than four days before his death. The severe injury to his head, believed to have been inflicted in a fall within 18 hours of his death, had caused haemorrhaging and swelling of the brain. The court was told Bok-yam was often beaten with a ruler for being naughty and his mother regularly used excessive force to pull his mouth open and clean his teeth, which had caused massive bruises and abrasions to the boy's face. Follow-up medical appointments were not kept after Bok-yam returned home. '[Judge Whaley] did not take into account that in the end of this ill treatment, the child, who was under their care, had died,' Mr Zervos said yesterday, arguing that a heavier sentence should be justified. But Mr Tse argued that the couple was different from the 'very wicked parents' of other child abuse cases, claiming they were just 'immature and inadequate parents who were under tremendous pressure in dealing with their triplets'. 'Even if the sentence was lenient, it doesn't follow that the court should interfere with it,' he said. The judges reserved judgment.