Friday, November 22

Girl made up ‘assault’ story – police

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TAWAU: Police have dropped the case of a 10-year-old girl who claimed she was injured after being kicked and hit by her teacher.

District police chief ACP Fadil Marsus said the Primary Four pupil had lied to her mother that she was injured when a male teacher hit her.

“The girl actually sustained injuries from a fall outside the school when she went to a shop,” he said, adding that she lied to avoid being scolded by her mother.

Her classmates also confirmed that the teacher did not hit the girl as claimed in a police report lodged by the mother on July 10.

ACP Fadil said that the mother had withdrawn her police report and asked police not to pursue further investigations.

“They have also apologised to the teacher concerned and the school,” he added.

Police have informed the deputy public prosecutor that they will not pursue the case further.

It was earlier reported that the girl had claimed to have suffered leg injuries after she was slapped and kicked by the teacher for coming late to class and not doing her homework.

The girl was given treatment at the Tawau district hospital and her mother lodged a police report on the incident.