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Father of four jailed for assault

A MONKLAND father of four was told he needed to set a better example for his children, when he was jailed for eight offences in Gympie Magistrates Court on Monday.

"You need to pull your socks up... act like a father and give your kids a better life," Magistrate M. Baldwin told Keith Lewis Bond, who was arrested on Saturday.

The 29-year-old, who was wanted for assault, contravening probation and possessing restricted liquor at Cherbourg, ran from police after he was caught driving suspended on River Rd.

Bond's lawyer, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Service lawyer Mark Oliver, told the court his client had had a traumatic few months, with two deaths in the family late last year.

He said the assault charge came about when his client grabbed his cousin around the neck for breaking his uncle's hand.

"The only person who this affects is you - and four little people who don't have a choice that their dad is in jail," Mrs Baldwin said.

The defendant said he had not touched alcohol since his family's loss and had started a job.

The defendant was jailed for six months but will be released after two, followed by two years' probation.

He was also fined $680 for the liquor and driving offences and lost his licence for six months.

Gympie Times

Topics:  assault, gympie magistrates court




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