An Oak Flats mother retaliated against her daughter’s alleged bully by unleashing an unprovoked attack on the 12-year-old boy, kicking him in the face and swinging a skateboard at his head, Wollongong District Court has been told.
The woman, who cannot be named, claimed there had been ongoing tension between her teenage daughter and the boy before she violently assaulted him on March 15, repeatedly kicking him and grazing him with the skateboard.
Determining the 29-year-old’s severity appeal yesterday, Judge Paul Conlon said the woman had been “well and truly out of control” on the day of the offence but had since taken steps to minimise her erratic behaviour.
The woman, who earlier pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm, was given a suspended jail term in the local court for the incident, which left the young victim with multiple scratches and facial swelling.
The boy had been sitting outside an Oak Flats home about 5.30pm when the woman confronted him, warning: “You better have the f—ing scooter tomorrow,” allegations before the court said.
As the boy turned away, the woman unleashed a violent attack, kicking him in the face.
The boy put his hands up to protect himself but the woman then kicked him in the groin before she kicked him in the ribs while he lay on the ground, it was stated.
The victim started to sit up when the mother picked up a skateboard and swung it at the boy, grazing his head.
A man eventually intervened and grabbed the woman, leading her away from the scene.
The boy had several small scratches to his cheek, red marks on his collarbone and swelling.
Defence barrister Jane Healey told the court yesterday her client had been “volatile” at the time of the offence but had since been receiving psychological treatment.
Ms Healey said the woman had a history of mental health issues but was now taking the correct medication.
Judge Conlon placed her on an 18-month good behaviour bond.
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