Man pleads guilty for ordering 8-year-old son to walk on knees
The father expressed regret and asked for a lighter penalty.
A 40-year-old Hong Kong man pleaded guilty in court for one count of child abuse for ordering his 8-year-old son to walk on his knees on a street in Kowloon.
The father, a maintenance worker surnamed Lee, was seen punishing his son outside Kai Tin Shopping Center in Lam Tin in Kowloon East at around 9 a.m. on January 23, Sing Pao reported. He ordered the boy to walk on his knees for five minutes because of unsatisfactory academic results and misbehavior at school.
A resident took a video and uploaded to the internet while a passer-by called the police, who arrested Lee and sent the boy to the hospital for treatment.
On Monday, Lee pleaded guilty to child abuse in Kwun Tong Magistrates’ Courts. The defendant’s lawyer said Lee was a single father taking care of two sons, 8 and 9, and had regretted his actions. Lee asked for a lighter penalty.
The court will issue a verdict on May 5, pending psychological reports of Lee and the victim. Lee was granted bail for HK$5,000 (US$643).