Mandurah Court: men in court for child assaults

TWO fathers faced Mandurah Court recently accused of assaulting their children.

The Police Prosecutor said the first man had driven into the McDonald’s car park with his two children aged four and three in the car.

It was alleged the man forcibly pulled the four-year-old out of the car, grabbed him by the chest area and “jumper-punched” him three to four times.

The man pulled the boy’s jacket off, put him back in the car and drove to the nearby BP service station.

The prosecutor claimed the man then grabbed his three-year-old daughter by the chest and also “jumper-punched” her.

The man pleaded not guilty to two counts of assault in circumstances of aggravation.

His lawyer Damian Cripps made an application to enable the man to have contact with his children.

Mr Cripps said his client had custody of the children for two years.

“His kid was being upset and screaming; this is not an unusual situation for parents,” Mr Cripps said.

“He wants to be able to call his children.”

Magistrate Anne Longden refused the application and said it would not be appropriate for the accused to have contact with the alleged victims prior to a trial.

The man sobbed following the decision.

He will reappear in court for a trial allocation next month.

The stepfather of a 10-year-old girl also appeared in Mandurah Court on Monday to make an application to have contact with the child.

According to the prosecution the girl was in a kitchen in October last year making breakfast when her mother told her she was due a punishment.

It is alleged the girl’s step-|father took a cane and hit the girl on the buttocks.

It caused her bruising and the injury came to the attention of the girl’s father, who called the Department of Child Protection.

The stepfather was charged with unlawful assault occasioning bodily harm in circumstances of aggravation last month.

Counsel for the accused asked Ms Longden to consider allowing the girl to continue living with her mother and her stepfather.

“All the bail conditions are doing right now is distancing the girl from her sister and brother,” counsel said.

Ms Longden disagreed.

“There is a potential for interference with witnesses,” she said.

She did not vary the bail conditions and the man will reappear for a trial allocation on April 13.