A 47-YEAR-OLD man has been arrested for allegedly abusing his 14-year-old stepson, by repeatedly insulting him and locking him outside the house where he would spend the whole night in the cold.
Clive Makati from Fourwinds suburb who is self-employed, appeared in court charged with a crime of ill-treating a child as defined in Section 7 (1) of the Children’s Act Chapter 5:06.
He was not asked to plead and was remanded out of custody to August 17 on $15 000 bail.
Allegations against Makati are that during the period between 2017 and July 2022 he ill-treated, neglected, abandoned and exposed his stepson in a manner that was likely to cause him unnecessary suffering and affect his health.
It is reported that during the period in question he was in the habit of insulting him and locking him outside the house where he would spend the whole night in the cold.
It was, however, not stated in the court papers if his wife knew about the abuse.
It is alleged that some good Samaritans raised alarm after they found the boy crying outside in the middle of the night.
Investigations by the police later led to the arrest of Makati and his subsequent appearance in court.