An Eden father threw his 13-year-old son downa set ofstairs for refusing to fix the fence outside their home,a court has heard.

The man is a repeat offender whoalready had eight convictions fordomesticviolence on his criminalrecord prior to this incident.

Police documents state on June 19the manhad been drinking XXXX Gold cans at home during the day when his son returned and asked his mother for something to eat, to which the man said “Get something and f***off”.

The son replied “Why are you always telling me to f*** off?”.

After an exchange, the man pinned his son against the kitchen cupboards then pushed him.

Two days later, the man had again been drinking alcohol during the day. He told his sonhe would not be given anything to eat until he fixed the palings that had been knocked off the property’sboundary fence.

After continuing to verbally abuse his son, he pushed the teenager outside. The son enteredthe house againand wentupstairs to a bedroom to get some belongings.

At the top of the stairs, his father came and grabbed his throat, pushed him into the bedroom door, then pushed him down the stairs resulting ininjuriesto the boy’s arm and knee.

On August 9, the man appearedfor sentencing atBega Local Courtover audio visual link,charged with two counts of common assault and two counts of contravening an AVO.

He had breached the restrictions in his AVO by approaching his partner within 12 hours of consuming alcohol on the days of the assaults.

During sentencing, the man appeared visibly nervous and continued to breath deeply while staring upwards.

“I don’t want any more alcohol in my house,” he said.

“I want a chance to look after my children.”

Magistrate Doug Dick described the accusedas a long-term domestic violence offender.

“I’ve got to make sure you get the message…and others get the message,” he said.

He also made note of how the man’s partner was in the courtroom during sentencing.

“Regardless of what she has suffered, she is still here, she is supporting you,” he told the man.

The man wassentenced to 12 months’ imprisonment backdated toJune 19 with a non-parole period of four months.He will be eligible for release on supervised parole on October 18.

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