28 Dec '11, 12pm

Family jailed for abusing boy

SINGAPORE: Members of a family who repeatedly tortured a 10-year-old relative over two years and left him permanently disfigured have been sentenced to jail. The case has been described by a District Court judge as "one of the worst cases of causing grievous hurt". The accused cannot be named to protect the identity of the boy. The court heard that the boy, who is not schooling, had been living with the family in a rented unit in Ang Mo Kio since he was four years old when his biological mother was serving jail term. In 2010, his grandaunt hit him on his mouth with a hammer, causing a tooth to fall off and his mouth to bleed. This was after the grandaunt found out he had finished some fried rice meant for the family. A few months after the incident, the boy was again abused for stealing food and playing with the knobs of the gas stove. His grandaunt asked her three daughte...

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