Man fined $1k for causing hurt to stepson

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THE Intermediate Court yesterday fined a man $1,000 after he pleaded guilty on Monday to hurting his stepson.

The court document stated that the 12-year-old victim whose name is withheld as he is a minor, was confronted by his stepfather and mother after he and his 15-year-old sister came home late on June 4, 2010.

The defendant and his wife were already home earlier that night when he found that his stepchildren were not at the house.

Upon confronting the boy, the defendant kicked his stepson on the right leg to ask him where he had been. The defendant left the room soon after.

This matter was then reported to the Berakas Police Station on the same day and the doctor classified the boy’s injury as hurt after a medical examination.

Intermediate Court Judge Pg Hjh Hanani Pg Hj Metusain said she has taken into account the aggravating factor and the mitigating factor of the case.

The mitigating factor being that the defendant had pleaded guilty to the charge and has paid compensation, while the aggravating factor was the young age of the boy. The defendant’s defence counsel Sheikh Noordin had indicated that his client would pay the fine today.

The Brunei Times