KUALA LUMPUR - He was jealous of his elder sister as his mother would always sing praises of her.
When he could not take it anymore, he ran amok and attacked his mother Roselin Mashutu, 41.
He hit her, slapping and stepping on her body. He also pulled her hair and punched her face.
His mother ended up with a swollen left eye and injuries on her back. One of his sisters, who tried to stop him, was also attacked.
Yesterday, supermarket worker Mohammad Amin Anvar, 20, admitted to injuring his mother and younger sister Aslina, 16, at their condominium in Jalan Ipoh, Sentul, on Sunday.
Pleading for leniency, Mohammad Amin, who is the second of four siblings, said he hurt his mother as she always compared him with his 21-year-old sister who was in university.
"She always looked down on me but I am the one who helped my sister to study in the university. Saya sakit hati.
"I know that I am guilty. I asked for her forgiveness but she had already lodged a complaint," said the accused.
DPP N. Joy Jothi asked the court to impose an appropriate sentence to serve as a lesson to others, saying that the court should consider the injuries inflicted on the family members.
Magistrate Jesseca Daimis advised him not to lose his temper and to be careful with his actions.
"I understand that you feel inferior when you are compared with your sister. But that is not a reason for you to hurt her," said Jesseca.
She said the court believed that he should be given a chance to turn over a new leaf due to his young age.
"A jail term is not a suitable punishment for you. However, the court has to impose a sentence to serve as a lesson for others so that they will think rationally and be careful in their actions," she added.
When Jesseca asked if he planned to return home, he nodded.
She fined him RM1,400 (S$500) in default two months jail for hurting his mother, who works as a salesperson. She also fined him RM1,000 in default a month's jail for hurting his sister.
At press time, he had not paid the fines. He told the magistrate earlier that he would have to ask his best friend to settle the amount.