Mum in court for punching son

IT was only a couple of decades ago the cane was abolished from the school curriculum but when a Southern Downs mother took discipline into her own hands she found herself in front of the Warwick Magistrates Court.

The woman – who by law cannot be named to protect the identity of the child – pleaded guilty to assault occasioning bodily harm after her son’s school noticed dark bruising to his ear last month.

The police prosecutor said the 12-year-old boy later told officers his mother had “punched him” for not gathering firewood fast enough and had also hit him on the upper thigh with a broom handle.

“When questioned by police (the woman) said he had back-chatted and she’d punched him in the ear,” the prosecutor told the court.

“She thought there was nothing wrong with her actions... the broom didn’t leave a mark and she said she would do it all again in the same circumstances.”

The single parent’s defence counsel gave insight into the woman’s frustration that “wild” day.

“She had received a complaint about her Year 8 son from his school and when she confronted him about it he advanced in a threatening manner,” the defence said.

“They were both wild and she punched him. The boy now lives with his father and all three are in regular contact.”

Magistrate Anne Thacker said other discipline options were available to parents.

“It (physical violence) is simply not acceptable,” Magistrate Thacker said. “You need to find another way to vent your frustration.”

The mother was placed on a good behaviour bond for two years, which if breached will incur a $1000 fine, with no conviction recorded.



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