A father of three who twice forced his 10-year-old son to walk outside naked as punishment has been placed on probation for 18 months. During his probation, the 46-year-old unemployed man will initially have to live at a shelter and receive counselling with the aim of reuniting him with his family. The order was made in Tuen Mun Court by Principal Magistrate Kwok Wai-kin for the second offence, in which the man forced the boy to go outside naked after he made his brother cry when they were bathing together on October 18. The defendant - who cannot be named for legal reasons - was earlier bound over for two years by Fanling Court for forcing his son to march naked through the neighbourhood because he did not do his homework. But the Department of Justice is seeking a sentence review, urging the court to impose a probation order in that case as well. A decision is due on January 17. Yesterday the man was ordered to reside at a shelter pending a three-month report, due on April 4. Mr Kwok said the probation officer had laid out a detailed plan with counselling programmes to teach the man to handle his temper, his parenting skills and on how to reunite with his family. 'I understand that you are devoted to educate and raise a good child. But you should not hurt them in any way ... not only physical harm, the more important aspects are psychological and emotional,' the magistrate said. The father had pleaded guilty to ill-treating a child. The reports said the family had already forgiven the man and was willing to accept him back, but the 10-year-old boy showed a preference to be with his mother. The boy also told the probation officer he did not blame his father, but he felt unease about his methods of punishment, the court heard. The father was not allowed to return to the family's Tin Shui Wai home for the time being, but will be allowed scheduled visits to his three children aged three to 10 who are now under his wife's care. Against Child Abuse director Priscilla Lui Tsang Sun-kai said the incident would have a long-lasting psychological impact on the child. 'How can he face his friends, relatives and neighbours after being forced to take off his clothes and parade in a street? The child might feel very confused and not understand why he deserves such cruel treatment. What has he done wrong? 'Family education is about helping children build up confidence, giving them a sense of security and strengthening a sense of belonging. But what the father did totally works against these,' she said. Mrs Lui said the painful experience might impair the child's interpersonal abilities. 'He might not know how to get along with friends or classmates as he grows up. When he is not happy, he might hurt himself ... victims of such kind of ill-treatment might commit suicide.'