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Mum stands by ice-addicted son who tortured, beat her

Methamphetamine pure crystals (also known as "P") being heated in a glass pipe by a police drugs officer during a controlled demonstration .
Methamphetamine pure crystals (also known as "P") being heated in a glass pipe by a police drugs officer during a controlled demonstration . Martin Sykes

A TOOGOOM woman was locked in a room, beaten, whipped and choked with a dog chain, punched with brass knuckles and bitten for five days by her own son.

The 53-year-old woman was not allowed food or water, not provided a place to go the toilet and accused of faking blacking out in order to stop the beatings.

Her son, said to be high on ice, even placed his dog outside the window of the room to stop her leaving and chained the door shut.

The ordeal left her in hospital for 22 days.

Her son, 28, will spend at least two years in jail for inflicting the brutal torture.

But, despite the horrific five days, the mother has forgiven her child and pleaded with the courts to take into account he was a changed man.

Changed, the court heard, because while in prison he was able to beat his ice addiction.

The son pleaded guilty in Hervey Bay District Court to torture, two counts of assault and threatening violence.

The Chronicle has not named the man in order to protect his mother.

Crown prosecutor Matthew Hynes said the ordeal began on Boxing Day in 2014 when the son became angry because his mother had allowed his former partner in her home for Christmas.

The son proceeded to lock the mother in the room, torturing her for days.

"The injuries were not life threatening but they were quite serious," he said.

He whipped and choked his mother with a dog chain, drawing blood.

His punches, while wearing brass knuckles, were so hard he broke the skin.

The mother was only allowed to leave when she agreed to go speak with the son's ex-partner.

He was arrested on New Year's Day last year and has remained in custody since.

Mr Hynes said his mother still supported her son despite the terrible acts he committed on her.

"The complainant is in court and wishes him to get out of custody as soon as possible," he said.

Defence barrister Paul Rutledge said the son had been suffering a severe ice addiction for about two years leading up to the attack.

He produced to the court two photographs which he said showed the physical affect the drug had on him.

Mr Rutledge said the son was remorseful.

"He realises that a substantial part of imprisonment is required."

Judge Helen Bowskill was clearly moved by the contents of the case, nearly moved to tears while handing down her sentence.

"Your mother is a warm and loving person and you are lucky she is sitting in court with you," she said.

Ms Bowskill said she hoped the son realised how lucky he was to have his mother forgive him.

She said did not believe anyone would have blamed the mother for turning her back on him after the ordeal he put her through.

The son was sentenced to six years prison with a parole eligibility date of January 1 next year.

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