29 Jan '11, 2am
26-yr-old dad in Singapore used hot ladle, lit cigarette to scald and burn sons
ANGRY that his six-year-old son had messed up the chores he was told to do, a father scalded his son's buttocks with a hot ladle. The incident, in October 2008, was the beginning of a string of abuses and ill-treatment the boy and his younger brother suffered at the hands of their father. In January last year, the accused, now a 26-year-old security officer, also burnt his younger son - who was nearly four at the time - with a lit cigarette because he had wet the classified section of a newspaper. A few months later, he stripped and tied the same boy with a cable to a pipe in the toilet to prevent him from damaging items at home or hurting himself, as he had a history of doing so. He repeated this act in August last year. When the boy screamed as he was being tied up, he slapped and splashed water on him. Read the full story in Saturday's edition of The Straits Times.