Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Father Who Struck Girl Loses Appeal

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Father Who Struck Girl Loses Appeal

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Byline: RAE WILSON APN NEWSDESK

QUEENSLAND'S highest court has rejected the theory that a family violence booklet influenced a jury in convicting a Sunshine Coast father who used a bamboo stick to discipline his daughter.

The man, who cannot be named to protect his daughter's identity, was sentenced to 120 hours of community service after a Maroochydore District Court jury found him guilty of assault.

The 14-year-old daughter gave evidence during the trial that her father dealt two series of blows with a long stick on November 20, 2011, after he caught her using her iPod and she swore under her breath.

The man claimed in the Court of Appeal that he had a defence to the assault charge he faced because section 280 of the Queensland Criminal Code allowed a parent to use reasonable force for the correction, discipline, management or control of a child.

This exception is not mentioned in the domestic and family violence booklet found in the jury room after the verdict was delivered. …

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