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Father awaits sentencing after trying to force children to drink rat poison in drunken rage

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Source: SCMP/Appledaily

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A Hong Kong father who demanded his young children drink rat poison, then picked up his 8-year-old daughter by the throat after she refused, pleaded guilty on Wednesday to child abuse. 

Despite the disturbing account of violence heard at the High Court the man, 35, was supported by his family – including the children he abused. Mitigation letters from his wife, son, 6, and daughter praised CSK – as the man was known in court to protect the children’s identities – as a loving husband and father. The court heard he had suffered a breakdown because of financial pressure after he left his job as a clerk at a funeral home. He became a salesman, hoping to earn more from commissions, but did not.

But Justice Maggie Poon Man-kay doubted that portrayal, asking why a good father would harm his children. Poon said CSK would be sent to jail for his crime and it was only a question of how long the sentence would be. She said she would sentence him on March 7 and ordered pre-sentencing reports to study his mental state and background.

The abuse took place on February 6 last year at family’s village house in Tuen Mun, according to the allegations prosecutors submitted to the court. “He shouted loudly and demanded [the two children] die with him by drinking the mixture of rodenticide before he killed himself,” according to the allegations written by senior public prosecutor Andrew Cheng Chi-hang. “He then grabbed hold of [the daughter’s] left hand and placed the glass near her mouth.” The children’s aunt snatched the glass and poured the liquid into the toilet, before she heard her brother threaten to strangle the daughter. The daughter, who felt dizzy and out of breath, recalled she was lifted off the floor as her father choked her.

The aunt called police then locked herself and the daughter in the bedroom as they waited for help to arrive. Meanwhile, the father continued to threaten to kill the girl as he kicked the bedroom door. The police arrested the father after they found redness on both sides of the girl’s neck and chest. They also found an empty box of rat poison in the living room.

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Stress or not, no excuse for trying to kill his child. Maybe yelling or a slap in the heat of the moment, but forcing her to drink poison and scaring the wits out of her is a definite crime. Glad the aunt was around and was strong enough to stand up to her brother. 

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This is really shocked.  He should haven been charged with murder not child abuse.

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  1. I believe in an eye for an eye.  Especially when harm comes to defenseless kids.  Let's pick the father up by his toes and hang him.  He doesn't deserve the kids.

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When you are under a tremendous amount of stress, it could cause a mental breakdown. I would think that  as a  parent you want to protect your children in anyway possible  against physical and emotional harm. I cannot fathom how a parent would choose to snuff out an innocent life even under heavy stress.

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wow. I can't believe the father would do things like this to the child. the father deserve to be arrested for doing things like this to their own child.

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that is not good. I can't believe the father would do stuff like that to the kids. he should be sentence for life prison.

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