Tutor denies beating 10-year-old pupil for not handing in homework

West Kowloon Law Courts, where the case was heard. Photo via Wikimedia Commons/Wpcpey.
West Kowloon Law Courts, where the case was heard. Photo via Wikimedia Commons/Wpcpey.

A female tutor pummeled a 10-year-old student with a plastic stick, a book, her fists, knees and feet after he failed to submit homework, a court heard today.

Chau Kin-ying, 32, appeared at West Kowloon Magistrates Court this morning charged with ill-treatment or neglect by those in charge of child or young person, an offense that carries a potential 10-year prison sentence.

The charge relates to the alleged attack of a student at a tutorial centre at Cheung Sha Wan in May last year, according to Ming Pao, which covered the case.

Chau has denied the abuse.

In video testimony presented today, the victim recounted the alleged attack in detail.

The court heard that, preceding the incident, the student’s father had phoned Chau to complain his son had not submitted his homework on time and had failed to revise for an upcoming dictation test.

Following the phone call, Chau allegedly attacked the boy, first using a plastic stick to beat his forearms, then punching him in the left side of his face.

She then allegedly pulled his left earlobe and hit his head with a thick book and more documents, Ming Pao wrote.

The attack continued further, with Chau grabbing the child’s head and hitting it on the table five or six times, according to the testimony.

“I’m crazy, do you know?” she is alleged to have told him.

The court heard Chau then rubbed the student’s face with a dirty towel and kicked him twice.

The victim grounded, she is alleged to have placed his hands on his shoulders and kneed him in the back.

Chow then warned other pupils who had witnessed the attack that they would face a similar fate if they misbehaved, the court heard.

She also told the boy not to tell his parents about the incident, it was alleged.

When the father discovered the bruises on his son’s face, the child initially lied and blamed classmates. He only told his parents of the tutor’s attack after they said he wouldn’t have to take the tutorial classes anymore.

The trial continues.

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