Dad uses belt on 10-year-old

A 40-year-old man pleaded guilty to assault occasioning bodily harm in Gladstone Magistrates Court this week, after taking to his 10 year-old son with a belt.

Police Prosecutor Senior Constable Steve Morris told the court that staff at the child's school contacted authorities after he turned up with large bruises on his body.

Included were two parallel bruises on his arm measuring 5cm by 8cm and an oval shaped bruise on his leg measuring 3cm by 5cm.

Snr Const Morris said the child had been told by his father to do the washing up.

He said when the child did not comply he was struck by his father repeatedly with a belt for an unknown period of time. The defendant told the court, through his lawyer, that his son had "always been a troublesome child''.

"He leaves the chores to his siblings and the family is experiencing increasing difficulties with him,'' he said.

"The child has younger siblings who feel if their older brother doesn't have to do chores they shouldn't have to.

Defence counsel also claimed that some of the bruises were the result of the boy being tackled playing football. Magistrate Mark Morrow recommended if the man was experiencing difficulties with his child he should seek alternative methods of discipline. He recommended the man undergo a parenting course, and fined him $900. "I don't think the way you dealt with it is an appropriate way to discipline a child.

The offender's name cannot be published for fear of identifying the victim.

Department of Child Safety workers have been notified to monitor the case.



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