Police order father of abused child to turn himself in, or face arrest

GEORGE TOWN (Bernama) – The police have identified the ‘hideout’ of a man suspected of abusing his daughter by splashing hot water over the eight-year-old’s body in an incident at Air Itam last Thursday.

Northeast District Police Chief ACP Che Zaimani Che Awang said based on police investigations, the 41-year-old man who worked as a prepaid card sales agent had left Penang and was hiding in a location not far from the state.

“I urge him to surrender himself to assist with investigations. However, if he refuses to do so, the police will detain him as we have identified the location where the man, his wife and their youngest son have been hiding following the incident,” he told Bernama yesterday.

He said the condition of the child who suffered third-degree burns to her arms, ribs and chest is improving, but she is still warded at the Penang Hospital (HPP).

He said based on the statements of the victim and two other siblings left behind with their grandmother, the man (father) was hot-tempered, and often beat the four siblings, including the youngest son.

In the 1am incident, the 41-year-old suspect was said to have returned home from work hungry, and found that the food cooked by his 38-year-old wife had been finished by the children.

Angered by the situation, he woke his children up. They were sleeping in the living room and he scolded and hit them. The suspect also allegedly splashed a bowl of hot water dispensed from a water purifier machine in the living room on the victim.

In another development, Che Zaimani said the police had detained nine men aged 20 to 40 involved in a brawl at an entertainment centre in Jalan Penang, early yesterday.

He said all the men who were believed to be celebrating the New Year’s Eve at the entertainment centre were detained by personnel from the Anti-Vice, Gambling and Secret Societies Division (D7) of the Northeast District Police Headquarters at 3.45am at the scene of the crime.