Man avoids jail despite bashing mum twice in one day
A MAN has avoided jail after bashing his mother twice in one day.
The 42-year-old disability pensioner yesterday pleaded guilty to two breaches of a domestic violence order after another two charges of assault occasioning bodily harm were dropped by his mother.
Police prosecutor Sergeant Tony Costa said police and paramedics were called to the Mt Lofty home where the man and his mother lived about 1.30am on February 11.
Sgt Costa said the man had argued with his mother earlier in the evening, before coming into her bedroom and bashing her with a ceramic plate as well as his fists.
He said the woman returned home from hospital about 4.30pm that day, when the man again bashed her with his fists. Defence lawyer David Burns said his client was undergoing a change in medication at the time of the offence.
"He and his mother still have an ongoing good relationship," Mr Burns said.
Magistrate Roger Stark noted the man was seeking assistance for emotional regulation and impulse control.
He sentenced the man to 12 months probation for the first attack and two months in prison, wholly suspended for 12 months, for the second attack.