Raging dad ‘having a bad day’

A MAN who assaulted his two young daughters for failing to undertake household chores must have been having “a really bad day”, a court has been told.

The Mildura Magistrates’ Court was this week told the man was drunk when he began yelling and screaming at the children for not doing the washing and other chores, calling one of the children a “spoilt bitch”.

The court was told he grabbed one of the girls by the hair and dragged her around like a “rag doll” before throwing her into a kitchen table.

The man then pushed another daughter into the same table, causing a lump to form in her stomach.

Prosecutor Sergeant Alex West said the children’s mother organised for her and the siblings to stay at a friend’s house for the night.

However, the man approached the car the trio were in slurring his words, grabbed the keys from the ignition and threw them away.

The incident was reported to police the following day and the man was subject to a year-long, court-imposed, intervention order.

Defence counsel Hugh Middleton said the man had not had contact with his children for the 12-month period of the intervention order, but the family relationships had since been repaired.

“They are all on good terms, thankfully,” Mr Middleton said.

The court was told the man had since left Mildura for work, but has his children visit him, continues to pay for some of their expenses and has 

resumed an effective role in their lives.

Magistrate Michael Coghlan said the matter was almost two years old and while “certainly alarming”, there had been no further offending by the accused.

Mr Coghlan said that while parents can become frustrated by their own children, it should never get to the point of physical harm.

“You must have been having a really bad day,” he said.

The man was placed on a 12-month good behaviour bond and ordered to pay $750 to the court fund.

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