A father who found his 16-year-old stepdaughter at home with an adult male two years ago has been brought before the court for beating the man.
The father, whose name is being withheld to protect the identity of his stepchild, was charged for assault occasioning actual bodily harm and armed with an offensive weapon.
Save for a $668 compensation order which the father must pay for the damage he had also caused to the other man’s vehicle, the father was only cautioned, reprimanded and discharged when he pleaded guilty to the offences.
In handing down the sentence on Tuesday, Magistrate Richards reasoned that any parent would have reacted the same way if they ‘met’ their underaged child at home with a grownup in an improper manner.
The court heard that on September 13, 2016, the father arrived at his home and met his stepdaughter with the man.
He had previously instructed the girl to keep away from the older man and had also ordered that the man not to visit his home.
The court heard that the father became enraged and ordered the man out and an altercation ensued.
The alternation resulted in the father chocking the man and damaging the rearview mirrors of the man’s vehicle that was parked nearby. The father was also said to be armed with a knife at the time.
The court was told that the man who he attacked had to receive medical attention. The matter was subsequently reported to the police and the father charged.
He was ordered at the time of the offence to attend counselling sessions with the Family Support Network, which he did.
The father told the court that his actions were all in an effort to ‘protect’ his daughter.
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