Queensland father jailed after bashing young son for ‘acting gay’


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A violent Queensland father who beat his young son after he sat on the lap of another boy has been sentenced to jail in Mackay.

The Mackay father-of-three bashed the six-year-old child after walking in on him sitting on another boy’s lap, the Courier-Mail reported.

The court heard the 28-year-old father believed the boys’ act was a “sexual engagement”. The men flew into a rage, repeatedly striking the boy and throwing him to the ground.

The violent act last August, caused a number of bruises to the child’s leg, a Mackay court heard.

The court heard the father yelled “being gay is wrong” at his sons, and “if they were adults I would have killed them.”

The boys’ mother then entered the room, trying to protect her infant daughter and defending the other children.

The father then assaulted her, pushing her against a wall and struck her several times. He then choked the woman unconscious.

Police officers later arrested the man. They also issued a protection order and domestic violence order against the man, who tried to contact the mother of his children and pressure her into dropping the charges.

However the man continually breached the order, further contacting the woman repeatedly for over two months.

Mackay man sentenced to three years jail after violent offences

Police charged the Mackay man with assault occasioning actual bodily harm, choking, attempting to pervert justice, and five counts each of common assault, contravening a domestic violence order and police protection orders.

He pleaded guilty to all offences at Mackay District Court on Monday, according to the Courier-Mail.

The man had earlier told police, “It’s hard to explain it, I caught my boy sitting on another boy’s lap, this is the saddest thing I’ve ever seen in my life.

“I’m a piece of s__t, I shouldn’t have put my hands on my kid, but a matter of fact I have.”

A Mackay judge sentenced the man to three years in jail, with a parole release date on December 18. Before sentencing, the man had already spent 371 days in pre-sentence custody.

If you or someone you know is at risk of domestic and family violence:

In an emergency call Triple Zero (000) and ask for the police.
Support for Queensland women is available from the DVConnect Womensline on 1800 811 811.
Support for Queensland men is available on the DVConnect Mensline on 1800 600 636.
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4 Comments

  1. Yolande Stiffel
    25 August 2021
    Reply

    This man doesn’t deserve to be a father. He should never be allowed to be a part of their lives. God help this boy should he be gay, bi or transgender, because this man is extremely homophobic and that won’t change.
    It is a fact that children are aware that they are different at a very young age, and they need their parents to be there for them; to listen, believe and support them. This man will never be that sort of father.

    • Carmelo
      26 August 2021
      Reply

      Well said Yolande

  2. 25 August 2021
    Reply

    hmm guess who is very very closeted

  3. Kangaroo Jack
    31 August 2021
    Reply

    It’s scary to me that things like this still happen, though not surprising based on Queensland being 25 years behind the Taliban in our thinking.

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