The brother of a five-year-old girl, who died over the weekend due to suspected severe beatings, said he and his sister had been abused and battered almost every day by their parents before her death, Apple Daily reports.
The father, 26, surnamed Chan, and the stepmother, 27, appeared at a Tuen Mun Court on Tuesday to face murder charges. They were arrested by the police soon after the death of their daughter on Saturday and have been detained since.
In his testimony read out in court by the prosecution, the eight-year-old boy revealed that Chan threw his sister in the air repeatedly the day before she died, causing her head to hit the ceiling a dozen times. Afterwards, the parents swayed the girl’s limbs violently, he said.
The parents then forbade them to sleep in bed and ordered them to stay on the floor without any blankets, according to the boy, who did not show up in the packed court as he has been hospitalized since the incident came to light on Saturday.
The boy said the instances of maltreatment happened right after their step-grandmother left their flat at Trend Plaza on Tuen Hop Street in Tuen Mun for work on Jan. 5.
The prosecution also cited testimony from the children’s stepsister, who is also in hospital after allegedly suffering physical abuses from the defendants, saying the maltreatment happened almost every day, and included slapping their faces with slippers, poking their chests with scissors, beating their bodies with canes, and ordering them to sleep on the floor.
Police will need more time to examine the post-mortem report on the dead girl and conduct forensic analysis of evidence collected at the scene, the prosecution told the court.
The court set the date of the next hearing on March 6.
The two defendants were remanded in custody. No application for bail was filed.
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