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Father admits to throwing scissors at girl's back

A MAN has pleaded guilty in the Mackay Magistrate's Court to assault occasioning bodily harm after injuring his stepdaughter with a pair of scissors.

He was placed on a $1000 good behaviour bond for nine months after taking steps to ensure the behaviour isn't repeated.

Defence solicitor David Strutynski, of Strutynski Law, told Magistrate Damien Dwyer the man, 37, was doing an anger management course.

The man, who cannot be named because it would reveal the identity of his stepdaughter, has also completed a parenting program and couples' counselling, Mr Strutynski said.

He's also entered a voluntary program with Child Safety and has made arrangements to see counsellors in the new year to ensure there were no underlying issues, Mr Strutynski said.

On November 15, the man admitted to throwing a pair of scissors at his stepdaughter.

The previous day, the girl had gone to the kitchen to get lunches for school and closed the door.

Her stepfather believed she slammed it causing a table and TV upstairs to shake, prosecutor Bimal Raut said.

He asked the girl "Did you slam it?" and became angry when she said "no", Mr Raut said.

He grabbed a pair of scissors and said "Are you telling me the truth?" Mr Raut said.

He threw the scissors at the girl, hitting her in the back.

"He told police he had no intention of hitting her, just scaring her," Mr Raut said.

Topics:  assault occasioning bodily harm mackay magistrate's court



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