Man assaults son because the boy looked at him the wrong way

A CENTRAL Highlands man with a violent history was jailed for assaulting his 10-year-old son because the boy looked at him the wrong way.

"You're a disgrace," Magistrate Damien Dwyer told the man, who cannot be named for legal reasons.

"You have chosen... to take your frustrations out on a 10-year-old boy."

The man and his de facto partner were in the process of moving house on April 8 this year. He became frustrated when she couldn't lift the heavier items.

Then he heard his son running down the hallway and went to the boy's bedroom to talk to him about it.

He told police he "didn't like the way the child looked at him", prosecutor Michael Ball said.

The man grabbed the boy around the mouth with his left hand and threw him "with some force" to the bed. It caused pain and discomfort, and left red marks around the child's face, the Mackay Magistrates Court was told.

Self represented, the father of four pleaded guilty via video link to assault occasioning bodily harm and two counts of breaching a domestic violence order.

"I'm truly sorry for what I've done," he said.

"I know I've made mistakes. All I want is one chance to get back to my wife and children."

Mr Dwyer said the man had already had a chance. Two weeks before this offence the man was given a wholly suspended jail sentence for assault occasioning bodily harm and common assault.

In 2000 he received two years probation and 160 hours of community service for assault occasioning bodily harm, which was revoked due to incompletion.

"I was on drugs," the man said. "All I want is to get back to my wife and children and show them this lifestyle... is not the right way."

The man has been in custody since April 8.

"You were given the benefit of a suspended sentence," Mr Dwyer said.

"You have a propensity... to resort to violence."

He was jailed for nine months to be released on parole on July 8 this year.



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