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Dad dishes out vigilante response to kid's bullying

A 39-year-old man has been sentenced for assaulting another man in Nambour.
A 39-year-old man has been sentenced for assaulting another man in Nambour.

A DAD who took his daughter's bullying problem into his own hands has narrowly avoided jail for his violent outburst.

Maroochydore Magistrates Court heard Paul Loris Bishop's 15-year-old stepdaughter had been severely bullied in the lead up to him punching a man at Nambour Plaza Shopping Centre on March 3.

Bishop's defence solicitor Rachel Kramer said on Tuesday the stepdaughter's previous bullying included having rocks thrown at her and being spat on.

Ms Kramer said Bishop confronted the father of girls he believed had been involved in bullying his stepdaughter after being frustrated with a lack of action through his daughter's school.

She said the man was confrontational to Bishop's approach.

Two of the victim's teenage daughters were with him when Bishop punched him in the head, causing a cut to the man's lip.

A victim impact statement tendered to the court outlined the traumatic effect the incident had on the victim's daughters as a serious consequence of the assault.

Ms Kramer said Bishop and his family had since moved away from the Sunshine Coast.

Bishop was on parole at the time of the assault, having been sentenced to 18 months in prison in October last year for serious drug-related matters.

That parole is due to remain in place until April next year.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Rick Pallister said vigilantism of any sort should not be encouraged and a penalty should be handed down to dissuade members of the public from taking that path.

Magistrate Haydn Stjernqvist said Bishop had "basically just king hit" the victim.

He said it was "a situation that was totally avoidable".

Mr Stjernqvist said Bishop should have gone to speak with the man like an adult.

He also noted the parole board had not suspended Bishop's parole after he was charged with the assault.

Bishop was sentenced to 15 months in prison, suspended immediately for two years.

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