Father jailed for attack on son

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A judge told a father he had inflicted ‘untold psychological injuries’ as she jailed him for five months after assaulting his son at a school disco.

Mansfield Magistrates’ Court was told how the man, who was described as ‘very drunk’, was seen pushing the six-year-old into a wall outside the school while shouting and swearing.

Neil Hollett, prosecuting, said the boy’s mother was alerted to what was happening and found her ex-partner walking his crying son home by the arm.

Said Mr Hollett: “He grabbed her by the arm and said ‘what the hell are you doing?’”

“He pulled his head back as if to head-butt her. Fortunately he did not but she was very scared.”

The court was told how the mother had separated from her ex-partner due alcohol problems which had put his children in danger.

The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, admitted two counts of assault by beating.

David Horne, defending, said the judge should consider the fact that no physical injuries had been inflicted.

District Judge Diane Baker said credit for his guilty plea was limited as it was given during a trial, forcing his partner to give evidence.

“There are a number of aggravating factors which mean custody is the only appropriate sentence,” she said.

“It was a drunken assault in the presence of parents, teachers and children at a school.

“You shoved him and pulled him by the head and used demeaning, insulting language at him.”

He was given three months for the assault on his son, two months consecutively for that on his ex-partner and a three-year restraining order.