A 10-year-old boy whose parents died in the Asian tsunami five years ago has been charged with savagely murdering his adoptive mother after she allegedly taunted him about having no real mother and father any more.
The tragic case of the youngster who faces up to 15 years in an Indonesian prison emerged today as the south east Asian region prepares to remember the 230,000 people who died in the tsunami on December 26, 2004.
A series of pictures show before and after shots of the devastation that was wreaked when the tsunami struck and how the area looks five years on.
The boy, who has not been named, comes from the island of Nias, which lies off the south west coast of Aceh, the worst-hit region of the tsunami, described as 'ground zero', where more than 170,000 people died.
It has not been revealed how he survived or how his parents died, but he was eventually adopted by Etty Rochyati, who was aged 50 when she took him into her care.
But, Indonesia's National Commission for Child Protection has established, the relationship between the orphaned boy and his new mother was far from loving.
She is said to have taunted him with words like: 'Don't you know that you don't have a mother and father any more?'
Etty Rochyati has been found dead in a ditch near her house in Ciracas, East Jakarta, with multiple wounds to her head, having possibly been beaten with a blunt instrument, and a stab wound to the stomach.
Now the child protection commission is fighting to save the boy from a lengthy prison sentence, claiming it is 'inappropriate'.
Mr Arist Sirait, secretary general of the commission, said that if the boy was formally accused, the charge should be under a law relating to 'violence leading to death' which carries a sentence of 10 years but which allows minors to serve only a third of that sentence.
Mr Sirit said police investigators had failed to consider the mistreatment the orphaned boy had received from his adoptive mother as she raised him following the death of his parents in the tsunami.
The boy, he said, had been traumatised following the tsunami and the authorities were not dealing with a 22-year-old man 'but a 10-year old who is unstable and still has a long life ahead of him.'
The child's future now rests in the hands of judges of the East Jakarta Court and relatives of the boy's adoptive mother.