In court for smacking his son

A SOUTH Mackay boy had bruises all over his right thigh after his father gave him a severe spanking for using the 'F' word.

The 10-year-old boy's uncle intervened to stop the punishment, which was regarded as excessive.

Police investigated the incident, which occurred between 2pm and 8pm on December 9.

Officers discovered that the father, 39, and his son were at home together when the boy swore and then went to his bedroom, prosecutor Constable Janelle Young told the Mackay Magistrate's Court yesterday.

The father followed him to the bedroom and admitted to police that he hit the boy five or six times with his open hand.

He later got an ice pack to put on the child's bruises.

The boy told police he got "a hiding" and he suffered pain and discomfort, bruising and swelling to the entire upper right thigh, and hand prints were left on his thigh, Const Young said.

Questioned by police, the father admitted he had lost control.

The father pleaded guilty in court yesterday to common assault.

Solicitor David Carlin, of Legal Aid Queensland, told the court the father of four was now separated from his wife and the children were living with their mother.

"He believed the child swore at him," Mr Carlin said.

"He raised him not to behave that way.

"He pleads guilty because it was excessive.

"He apologised to the child and helped the child with an ice pack.

"He's very remorseful and is receiving counselling."

Magistrate Ross Risson said: "While there is debate about whether a child should be smacked, clearly any discipline meted out to a child must not be excessive."

The father was placed on probation for 12 months so he can get counselling and assistance.

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