Published: Thursday January 10, 2013 MYT 10:04:00 PM
Court enhances sentence on lorry driver with jail for beating daughter
By NURBAITI HAMDAN
SHAH ALAM: A lorry driver, convicted of beating his only child with a plastic chair, will now have to face a year in jail following an appeal by the prosecutor.
Last year, Mohd Nor Azlizan Jusoh, 33, was fined RM6,000 in default six months jail by a Magistrate's court for hitting his daughter during a quarrel with his wife in Klang on Oct 26.
But on Thursday, High Court judge Justice Abdul Alim Abdullah allowed the prosecution's appeal and not only maintained the sentence but imposed the jail term.
Mohd Nor had pleaded guilty under Section 31(1)(a) of the Child Act 2001 for hitting his eight-year-old daughter at their home in Bandar Sultan Suleiman.
One of the legs of the chair broke and the girl sustained injuries on her head and received stitches. Mohd Nor had asked Justice Abdul Alim to maintain the lower court's sentence saying, "I need to take care of my child. I am remorseful, I learned religion in prison." Justice Abdul Alim then asked him why he beat his daughter.
"I had an argument with my wife. I did not realise that when I threw the chair at her, it hit my daughter who was running to my wife at that time," he said. The judge then pointed out the daughter's reaction was to stop her father from hitting her mother.
"You look at that. Even your child loves your wife. When she saw her father doing that, she came out running. Beating your wife is wrong. What more physically hitting on your child," said Justice Abdul Alim. The court also imposed a three-year good behaviour bond on Mohd Nor. "The condition is that you must take care of your daughter during that stipulated time. I want to remind you, if you break this bond, you can be fined," said the judge.
DPP Mohd Zaki Mohd Salleh appeared for the prosecution.