Gladstone man calls police to report son’s knee graze
A man who called police about his son's minor injury while in his mother's care, appeared in Gladstone Magistrates Court on Tuesday.
The man, 44, who cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty to two contraventions of a domestic violence order and using a carriage service to menace, harrass or cause offence.
Police prosecutor Carl Spargo read the facts of the man's case to the court and Magistrate Bevan Manthey.
At the time of these offences, the defendant was a respondent in a current domestic violence order which named the witness as the aggrieved.
The most serious of the offending occurred around on October 12 about 5pm.
A court heard the defendant arranged for police to attend an address to conduct a welfare check on his child.
When police arrived they immediately became suspicious the request had been vexatious, due to the residents being in good health and the address being well presented.
Police spoke with the concerned child, 8, and observed a small cut to his knee, however, police had no concerns for the child.
Police spoke to the witness who informed them it was the second time the defendant had used police to conduct unnecessary welfare checks.
The witness then showed police a text message where she had informed the defendant about the child's injury.
Police observed the defendant calling the witness a bad mother and demanding to know if the child was properly supervised, accusing her of leaving his children home alone after school.
Finally, police observed the witness had texted the defendant and told him she walked the injured child to school that day and politely thanked him for his opinion.
The defendant replied he was at the police station and officers were on their way.
The witness told police she felt the behaviour was controlling, to which police agreed and felt the defendant's behaviour was degrading and controlling in general.
Mr Manthey fined the man $1000 with convictions recorded.
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