Good behaviour bond for harming boy

A GYMPIE man charged with harming his girlfriend's son was placed on a $1500 bond to be of good behaviour for the next two years.

The man, who cannot be named to protect the boy's identity, said he had no recollection of the abuse because he had been on medication that caused blackouts.

The boy had complained to police about living in “fear and intimidation” at the hands of the man and he was taken to the hospital for tests which proved there had been an assault.

Gympie Police prosecutor Senior Constable Lisa Manns said the boy's injuries were bruising and swelling, consistent with being put in a headlock and hit in the back of the head.

She said the man, 31, had tightened his grip and lifted the boy off the ground making it difficult for him to breathe. He was charged with assault occasioning bodily harm.

The court was told the man had been taking medication that had a side-effect of causing blackouts, especially when mixed with alcohol. He said he had consumed a six-pack of XXXX Gold that day.

“Children are extremely vulnerable...and deserve to feel protected,” Magistrate Maxine Baldwin said.

Gympie Times

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