Fine for man who hurt father, gran

The accused, his father and his grandmother were living in the same house last November.

The police prosecutor told Mandurah Magistrates Court last Tuesday that the accused, who cannot be named to protect his victims, heard his father raising his voice in the kitchen.

He went into the kitchen, slapped his father twice and left the house. The accused returned soon after and punched his father three times.

This resulted in various injuries to his father’s face, including bruising and chipped teeth.

The accused then threw a TV on the floor, cracking the screen.

He pushed his 82-year-old grandmother in the stomach twice, which caused her pain.

In the following days the accused ignored restraining orders preventing him from returning to the home.

He pleaded guilty to being armed in a way that may cause fear, breaching protective bail conditions, breaching a violence restraining order, two counts of common assault in circumstances of aggravation, criminal damage and assault causing bodily harm in circumstances of aggravation.

The accused, who appeared via videolink from Hakea Prison last Friday for sentencing, had a bruised and battered face.

Counsel for the accused referred to the bruises and said he “well and truly knows the effects of custody”.

Magistrate Vivien Edwards said due to the man’s mental health issues and the lack of similar offending an immediate term of imprisonment was not warranted. He was sentenced to seven months in prison, suspended for 12 months.

A global fine of $1200 applied to the rest of the charges. He was also ordered to pay $800 in restitution for the TV.