KUALA LUMPUR: A man known as "Boy Tiger" pleaded guilty to the Ampang Trial Court here today for two counts of abusing his stepson between August 2017 and November this year.
The 31-year-old man was accused of abusing a three-year-old boy in Lorong Permai 2, Kampung Indah Permai, and in a house in Ampang Saujana Park, Persian Saujana Road, here, during that period.
Allegations, based on Article 31 (1) (a) of the 2001 Child Act, carry a fine of no more than RM50,000 or a maximum prison term of 20 years, if found guilty.
"Yes, I pleaded guilty to the two charges, but I called the court to send me to treatment at the Happy Hospital because I had schizophrenia since I was a child.
"I have a patient card from Ampang Hospital and I still use prescription drugs. I have had mental health treatment at the Happy Hospital in Ulu Kinta, "he said.
Judge Azrul Darus agreed and ordered the man to be sent to a hospital in Perak to undergo a 30-day mental health examination, as stipulated in Article 342 of the Criminal Procedure Code.
The court also set December 21 to recount and to obtain the defendant's medical report and mental health status before deciding whether the man could be held responsible for the violation or not.
Deputy prosecutor Ng Wee Li was sued, while the man was not represented.
Present at the court were the wives of men and family members.
Meanwhile, in the Magistrate Court, "Boy Tiger" was also accused of causing the death of his stepson at 11 am in a house on Jalan Bukit Indah 5, Taman Bukit Indah, Ampang, here on November 8.
However, no application was recorded.
"Tiger Boy", who wore a black T-shirt and jeans, nodded in understanding when the allegations under Section 302 of the Criminal Code, which carry the mandatory death penalty, were read to him before Judge Muhammad Firdaus Sadina Ali.
Re-mention was set on December 21, awaiting chemical and medical reports.
On November 9, it was reported that a toddler, believed to have been abused, was declared dead 30 minutes after he was taken to the Ampang Hospital by his mother and stepfather after he collapsed at home.
Boy Tiger's wife, who was also arrested in connection with the case, was released after being repatriated twice to facilitate the investigation.