Nanna's fly swat punished in court

A GRANDMOTHER has been punished by Gympie Magistrates Court for disciplining her grandson with a fly swat.

The woman, 49, who cannot be named to protect the child's identity, was brought before the court charged with assault occasioning bodily harm while armed with an instrument.

The court heard the grandmother used a fly swat to smack the boy's backside when he was staying at her place for the weekend, as he had done nearly every weekend of his life and continued to do so.

The charge came about when the boy's mother picked him up, noticed severe bruising on his buttocks and made a complaint to police.

Gympie Magistrate Maxine Baldwin said there would be many people in the community that would think: ‘There but for the grace of God go I'.

“Particularly the older generation would think smacking was part of raising children.

“The difficulty is, smacking versus assaulting them ... there's a line that cannot be crossed.”

Defence solicitor Lee McCallum said her client was deeply remorseful and still had a good relationship with her daughter and grandchild.

She said the defendant was under a great deal of stress at the time.

The grandmother was placed on a bond to be of good behaviour for 12 months.

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