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Dad says car rage was in defence of 'bullied' daughter

A WOMAN - accused of ongoing bullying - was driving out of a shopping centre carpark when Ivan Karaitiana yelled at her, broke her window and jumped up and down on the car bonnet.

Demanding that the woman apologise to his young daughter, Karaitiana cracked the window glass with a punch.

Karaitiana explained his bad behaviour in Gladstone Magistrates Court; alleging the woman had subjected his daughter to ongoing bullying while working at Kmart.

Karaitiana, 44, pleaded guilty to wilful damage and assault on July 3 at the Stockland carpark.

Police prosecutor Mark Fenlon said Karaitiana approached the woman as she drove her car and gestured for her to stop.

When she rolled a window down he told her to "get out of the f***ing car".

She refused his demands and he kept telling her to apologise to his daughter then reached inside and grabbed her car keys.

"She was scared he would assault her. He threw the keys back inside the car," Mr Fenlon said.

After jumping up on the bonnet Mr Fenlon said Karaitiana drove away.

"He was angry at her treatment of his daughter. He punched the windscreen causing it to crack. He was sorry how it ended up," he said.

Mr Fenlon said the assault charge related to the threat (no actual contact), and the incident would have been terrifying for the woman.

Karaitiana told magistrate Jeffrey Clarke he "vented" that day out of frustration over the bullying because nothing had been done despite going through the right processes at Kmart over his daughter's allegations of bullying. "We addressed the issue to Kmart management and to supervisors but nothing had been resolved. We did go to the union and did get a little bit of results; management did ring and apologise."

Mr Clarke asked if he appreciated it had been the wrong thing to do.

"I do. I apologise for the outcome," Karaitiana said.

Karaitiana was fined $750 and ordered to pay $230 compensation. A conviction was not recorded.

Outside court Karaitiana said: "It was either me dealing with it or burying my daughter; it was emotional stress."

Kmart public relations was asked for comment yesterday but none was received by last night.

Topics:  bullying, gladstone, gladstone magistrates court, workplace bullying




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