HONG KONG - A man was sentenced yesterday by a court in Hong Kong to 200 hours of community service for caning his stepson on the palms 300 times after the five-year-old refused to admit to having misbehaved, the Hong Kong media reported.
Warwick Mok Wai Leung was told by the magistrate during the sentencing: "In the past, our parents would beat us and we wouldn't dare say anything."
"But not only has this kind of teaching method gone out of fashion, but it is also illegal," the South China Morning Post quoted the magistrate as saying.
Mok, a 37-year-old car mechanic, was spared a heavier sentence because he had never abused the child before the case, reported the Sing Tao Daily News.
Mok was found guilty last month on two counts of wilful assault causing injury to his stepson.
The court heard earlier that on a day in March, the boy took an apple from an altar at their home for their dog to play with.
Mok learnt about the incident from his father, but when confronted, the boy said it was the dog that had taken the apple.
Mok then caned the boy 150 times for lying, ordering him to count every stroke.
Two days later, Mok repeated the beating as the boy still refused to admit his wrongdoing.
The boy's mother notified social workers of the beatings. They reported the case to the police.
The boy suffered bruises on his palms and was hospitalised for 12 days.
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