Mum takes refuge under stairs to escape son’s abuse

A 55-YEAR-OLD mother had to hide under the stairs of her house to get away from her drunken son after he assaulted her.

At Ipswich Magistrates Court this week the son, who cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty to breaching a domestic violence order.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Brad Dick said police had been called to a domestic disturbance at an address in East Ipswich about 1.30pm on November 4.

When they arrived they found mother hiding the front steps of her house.

She told police her son had come to her house drunk, verbally abused her, chased her around the house and pushed her.

Sgt Dick said the mum had filed a domestic violence against order him in January that year.

The 36-year-old son claimed his mother was lying about the push. He was taken to the watchouse.

At court, the son - a teacher - said he had taken steps to address his drinking problem since the incident.

He said he was currently living with his mother and that their relationship was "not very good" but added that he was moving out this week.

The man also said he had an eight-year-old who he was the primary carer for.

Magistrate Deborah Vasta said she was pleased the son had accepted responsibility for his actions and taken steps to make sure he didn't repeat his offending.

"The courts are here not to just punish people but to help them," she said. "It's in all of our best interests that you don't commit this sort of offences again."

The son was placed on a $500 good behaviour bond for 12 months.

No convictions were recorded.



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