Victim admits to mistake that led stepfather to chain him

ShahanizaKUANTAN: A ten-year-old boy, who was chained to a gas tank on Thursday, admitted to the mistake of returning home late that night, causing his stepfather to lose his temper.

When visited by Pahang Women and Family Development, Communications and Multimedia Committee chairman Shahaniza Shamsuddin at the Tengku Ampuan Afzan Hospital here, the victim said he regretted the mistake and that it was the first time he had been ill-treated by his stepfather.

“The matter was related by the victim himself and based on observation, the victim looks good. He also expressed his wish to meet his biological father in Melaka, whom he last met during Aidilfitri last year.

“I am satisfied with the explanation by the doctor, who said the victim was healthy now and showing no signs of trauma or physical injury,” she told reporters, here today.

However, she said a further report on the actual incident could only be determined through investigations by police and the Social Welfare Department.

Shahaniza said the victim would rest at the hospital under the supervision of the department and be given counselling from time to time.

On Thursday, police from the Kuantan district police headquarters’ Criminal Investigation Division rescued the boy after breaking into the back portion of his house at Indera Mahkota 1, here.