A father has admitted to abandoning his deaf-mute and mentally disabled son in Singapore in 2014, because he allegedly thought he would receive better care in the country.
At the time Chan Chai-wai who is from Hong Kong was in financial difficulty, according to The South China Morning Post.
Today (November 21) he submitted a guilty plea in court for the wilful abandonment of a child and has now been detained until his sentencing which is set for next month.
The magistrate has called for reports on the mental health of the father as well as his background and what impact the incident had on the boy.
The court heard the man was reluctant to leave his child in Singapore alone and felt remorseful, however magistrate Don So Man-lung still said “jailing is inevitable, be prepared" due to the severity of the incident.
His son was 11-years-old at the time and reports claim he was discovered walking around the Marina Promenade alone at night, prompting a police search for his family.
It has taken a long period of time to run the court case due to complications over whether Chan should have been trialled in Singapore or Hong Kong.
His case was heard in Hong Kong, but with cooperation from authorities in Singapore.
The child is now living in a boarding school and has had a care and protection order placed over him.