KLANG, July 5 (Bernama) -- A People Volunteer Corps (RELA) member was charged at the Magistrates Court here today with abusing his seven-year-old stepson by thrashing him with a belt on July 1.
Amminuddin Shaharudin, 42, who pleaded not guilty, allegedly committed the offence at a house in Telok Gadong here.
He faces up to 10 years in prison, RM20,000 maximum fine or both upon conviction under Section 31(1)(a) of the Child Act 2001.
Deputy public prosecutor Shahrul Ekhsan Hasim applied for bail to be denied on the grounds that there were too many cases of child abuse reported in the media lately and because the victim was living with his mother, who was still married to the accused.
Amminuddin's lawyer however, appealed for a bail of RM2,000 with a guarantee that he would live elsewhere.
Magistrate Maslina Mohamed set bail at RM6,000 with one surety, fixed Aug 22 for remention and restrained him from going near the victim.
She also ordered the accused to report to the nearest police station once a week.
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