Dad faces court for slapping, taking belt to son

A TOOWOOMBA dad who admitted striking his 10-year-old son with a leather belt has been ordered to probation and community service.

The 30-year-old man, who is not named to protect the identity of the child, had become frustrated with his son who had gone to stay with other people for the two previous nights without telling his family.

On the morning of May 5 as he was getting ready for school, the child had argued with his father who lost control and slapped his son with an open hand to the side of the head, Toowoomba Magistrates Court heard.

The blow forced the child's head back into a door, leaving him with a cut and bleeding lip and he had run to his mother crying.

The 10-year-old had then refused to go to school due to his injury, further enraging his father who retrieved a belt from his bedroom, doubled it over and struck the boy once across the back, the court heard.

His father then dropped the boy off to school where teachers noted his injuries and called police.

The man told police his son had been "playing up" at school in the lead-up to the incident and he had lost patience with him.

He pleaded guilty to charges of assault occasioning bodily harm and assault occasioning bodily harm while armed.

His solicitor Divina DeLeon told the court as a result of the incident her client had not had any contact with his son for four months but still had the care of another of his children.

Officers from the Department of Child Safety had been working with the man to improve his parenting skills, she said.

Magistrate Damian Carroll said the child would have been further humiliated in having to go to school against his wishes where he had to explain that his father was responsible for his injuries.

Accepting the man's offending was one of "excessive discipline", Mr Carroll placed him on two years probation and ordered he do 100 hours community service.

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