Date
14 November 2018
During a hearing Tuesday, a District Court judge called a child abuse case the most serious he has ever seen. Photo: RTHK
During a hearing Tuesday, a District Court judge called a child abuse case the most serious he has ever seen. Photo: RTHK

Man accused of hitting newborn daughter could face 10 years jail

A man who has been accused of cruelly mistreating his newborn daughter is likely to be sentenced to 10 years in prison after a local judge called the child abuse case the most serious he has ever seen.

The father, a person surnamed Chung, was charged with three counts of assaulting a child under his custody and one count of criminal intimidation in August last year. He has been detained without bail since his arrest.

On Tuesday, a District Court heard that Chung intentionally beat and slapped the baby girl as well as swayed her limbs violently multiples times in his flat in Yuen Long in December 2016, Apple Daily reports.

The reason he did that was because he couldn’t stand the infant cry and scream, according to prosecutors.

The baby, who Chung had with his girlfriend, was less than a month old at that time.

Chung allegedly used a knife to threaten the baby’s grandmother when she found out what happened and questioned him.

The baby ended up in Tuen Mun Hospital, where she was diagnosed with intracerebral haemorrhage and serious cerebral hypoxia.

Suspecting something was amiss, the doctor who treated her called the police, who later arrested Chung.

Judge Douglas Yau Tak-hong said on Tuesday that although the maximum term of imprisonment the District Court can impose is 7 years, the defendant deserves 10 years jail for what he did.

The prosecution told the court, citing a doctor’s report, that the baby is now in a vegetative state.

The judge noted that he has never seen a case of the kind as serious as this one. Becoming visibly agitated, he suddenly called a recess to compose himself.

After returning to the court several minutes later, Yau said he would consider moving the case to a higher court in light of the seriousness of the crime.

The defendant asked the court to grant him bail so that he can visit his daughter, only to be refused and ordered to be kept in remand.

The hearing will continue next Tuesday.

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