Mother charged for slapping boy over sexual comments to daughter

A WOMAN who slapped a teenage boy to defend her daughter’s honour has received a good behaviour bond.

She pled guilty to common assault at Rockingham Magistrates Court on September 11.

The prosecutor said the woman was at the Warnbro Shopping Centre with her daughter when she saw the 15-year-old boy.

She walked up to him and started yelling at him before slapping him in the face.

The duty lawyer said the incident arose from a situation where the woman’s 14-year-old daughter goes to the same school as the boy.

She said the boy had been making derogatory sexual comments to the woman’s daughter on Facebook.

The woman asked the boy if he understood the meaning of what he had said to her daughter. The boy answered ‘yes’ and the woman slapped him.

Magistrate Stephen Wilson asked what the comments were, but the lawyer was hesitant to repeat them.

“It’s more of a description, it’s not nice,” she said.

She added that her client had a clean record and accepted responsibility for her actions.

Magistrate Wilson said he appreciated the situation.

“But sometimes these days things get so out of hand with young people on social media,” he said.

“This court sees it everyday; it is grossly offensive what people write about other people. It seems to be lost on people that once it’s out there it stays out there.”

Magistrate Wilson sentenced the woman to a conditional release order of $500 for six months and a spent conviction. “A spent conviction should be a sign that you are to be trusted to carry on the good work you’re done within the community,” he said.