Home attack after Facebook threats

A FATHER was hit over the head with a bar and his wife was pushed when a group of men went to confront their son over Facebook threats.

One of four men accused of confronting the family at their Pittsworth home faced the Toowoomba Magistrates Court yesterday.

A man and woman were at home with their adult son, 13-year-old daughter and two-year-old son on the night of February 1.

Prosecutor Sergeant Tony Costa said the oldest son told his father he had received threatening messages on Facebook from Wayne Glenn Lloyd Castle, 35, in relation to an ex-girlfriend.

Later that night, Castle and three young men arrived in Castle's white Holden Commodore at the family's home.

Sgt Costa said two of the offenders were armed with sticks or bars and went to the backdoor and asked to see the son.

The father saw one armed youth argue with his wife and push her.

The court heard the man went to intervene and was struck over the back of the head with bar. The group then left.

Sgt Costa said the father received an apologetic text message from Castle the next morning.

The pair had known each other for years.

Castle appeared in the Toowoomba Magistrates Court yesterday and pleaded guilty to committing a public nuisance offence and contravening a police requirement.

He was originally charged with assault occasioning bodily harm while in company but the charge was dismissed.

Defence solicitor Brad Skuse said Castle was at his Pittsworth home with the three co-accused and threats were being sent back and forward between the group and the other young man.

Mr Skuse said Castle went to the family's home to speak with their son, but he was not involved in the assault.

The court heard Castle is a truck driver and lost his job when he asked his boss to have time off work to attend court.

However, he has since secured another job.

Magistrate Bruce Schemioneck noted Castle had a SPER debt of more than $13,000.

He indicated Castle would be fined $550 and gave him two weeks to pay the fine.

Mr Schemioneck adjourned the final sentence to July 16 when Castle is required to return to court and show a receipt confirming he had paid the fine.

An 18-year-old co-accused was sentenced to 53 days in jail in April.



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