Jail for 30-year-old father who assaulted his toddler

ASSAULTING his toddler son, plus a string of other offences, has landed a 30-year-old Maryborough man in jail.

The defendant was charged with two assaults causing bodily harm, a breach of bail, possessing cannabis, possessing a bowl, grinder and scissors used in connection with a drug offence, possessing a water pipe used to smoke cannabis and threatening to assault a police officer.

The single father of three young children, who cannot be named, pleaded guilty to the crimes which occurred between October 17 and 18 in Maryborough.

The man's lawyer, Daniel Ould, told the court his client wanted help with his anger issues and the drugs were for the defendant's own personal use.

Mr Ould said the man was not in a good state of mind when he threatened the police officer and intended to apologise for his actions.

He said his client's assault on his child was a brain snap.

"It'll take a long time to forgive himself," Mr Ould said.

Maryborough Magistrate John Smith told the man he did not deserve a child if he threatened them that way.

"You should be absolutely ashamed of yourself," Mr Smith said.

The man told the court he knew what he did to his child was wrong and would have to live with it for the rest of his life.

Mr Smith said threats against the police would not be tolerated.

He also questioned the man about why he had not been making payments on his SPER debt. He sentenced the defendant to two-and-a- half years jail.

As he was leaving the court, the man called out to his mother in the dock.

"Mum, I love you ... I'm so sorry," he said.

The man will be eligible for parole in August 2014.

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