Father who hurled son against wall and ceiling escapes jail term

Other News Materials 13 September 2008 05:36 (UTC +04:00)

A father who hurled his 7-year-old son against a wall, ceiling and wardrobe escaped a jail sentence by a Singapore judge, who said he has made progress in controlling his outbursts since the incident, news reports said on Saturday, reported dpa.

The 43-year-old marketing executive, whose name was withheld to protect the identities of his children, was fined 1,000 Singapore dollars (699 US dollars) instead.

Community Court Judge May Mesenas heard how the man slapped the boy and tossed him and his 6-year-old brother around a room on September 15, 2006, The Straits Times said.

The older boy suffered bruises on his forehead, arm, legs neck and back.

A teacher noticed bruises on the victim's brother.

While a jail sentence is normal in such cases, Mesenas noted the father has been undergoing counselling for anger management problems, the report said.

"Let this be a warning to you," Mesenas was quoted as saying. "Any breach, any violence towards your family members - it will be jail time."

Defence lawyer K Mathialahan described his client as a loving father who had his sons' well-being at heart.