There are many reasons why parents would get annoyed at their children.
Sometimes they don’t do their homework, sometimes they make a mess around the house and refuse to clean up, and sometimes they…stare at you.
Ugh. A child staring at you has got to be one of the most disrespectful and outrageous behaviours out there.
It can’t go unpunished no matter what.
Man Gets Aggressive Towards His Stepson For Staring At Him
That must have been what was going through this man’s head when he grabbed his 8-year-old stepson by the neck and slammed him into a clothes pile, in order to punish him for staring.
Yes, you read that right the first time. Staring.
What’s this? 1990s Ah Bengs?
So, here’s what happened.
The 28-year-old man was making himself a drink one day, and he spotted his stepson looking into the kitchen. He got irritated and asked the boy what he was looking at, before walking over to grab him by the neck and lift him up.
His wife shouted at him upon seeing what was going on, and the boy’s nine-year-old sister screamed, which led the man to slam the boy into a pile of clothes.
It’s unknown when this happened, whether it’s in Yishun or in Yishun Ave 11. Or maybe not in Yishun at all I don’t know.
Boy Was “Behaving Like A Gangster”
When his wife asked him what had happened, the man said that his stepson was “behaving like a gangster” and staring at him.
Hmm, I wonder who seems more like a gangster here. The one who stared innocently, or the one who grabbed and lifted the other by the neck?
The boy cried after the incident and was taken to KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital, where he was found to be uninjured.
According to CNA, the incident occurred on 3 December last year, and the boy’s aunt called the police past midnight on 4 December. She told them that her sister and brother-in-law were fighting and that the house was in a mess.
Sentenced To Four Months’ Jail
The man was sentenced to four months’ jail in the State Courts yesterday (10 September 2019) after pleading guilty to one charge of ill-treatment of a child. He cannot be named due to a gag order.
The prosecution asked for at least four months’ jail, saying that this was warranted by the man’s “dangerous actions”.
According to The New Paper, Deputy Public Prosecutor Regina Lim told District Judge Sarah Tan that “(It was) only fortuitous that there was no physical injury”.
Lim also informed the court that the man has spent time in a juvenile home – for theft and driving without a licence.
The man was unrepresented by a lawyer, and he had nothing to say when the judge asked him to speak.
For mistreating the boy, he could have been jailed up to four years, or fined up to $4,000, or both.
Let’s hope that the child comes to no further harm under the father’s care.