Smacking argument between sisters leads mum to court

SMASHING her sister's car with a rock didn't solve any problems for Shanee Anita Arwayne Alberts; it simply saw her end up in court.

When Alberts' sister told her to stop smacking her own children, Alberts became fired up.

The sisters were travelling to Norman Gardens at 9pm on November 20 last year when Alberts began smacking one of her two children in the car.

The Rockhampton Magistrates Court heard that Alberts' sister, who had been driving, told her to stop but she didn't listen.

Alberts' sister stopped the car in front of a relative's house and said she would not keep driving while she was in the car. The court heard Alberts would not leave so her sister retreated to the house.

Alberts, 21, decided to get out of the car, grab a large rock and scratch the bonnet of her sister's car.

She then smashed the windscreen. Alberts and her children left shortly after in a cab.

Alberts was charged with wilful damage and the court heard that the mother of two has since paid to have her sister's car repaired.

Magistrate Cameron Press sentenced Alberts to probation for 12 months and a conviction was recorded.

SMACKING LAWS

IT IS lawful for a parent or a person in the place of a parent... to use, by way of correction, discipline, management or control, towards a child or pupil, under the person's care, such force that is reasonable under the circumstances.

It therefore remains lawful for a parent to physically punish/correct their child.

The Criminal Code Act 1899 (Qld)



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