Boy, 9, put out in the rain at night by drunk

A NINE-YEAR-OLD boy was forced outside his home on a dark and rainy night in just his pants after his mother’s drunken partner lost his temper.

A 25-year-old man appeared at North Somerset Courthouse in St Georges on Friday charged with assault and ill neglect of a child, plus a separate assault charge in relation to his partner who he lived with.

The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons as this would identify the child victim, was described by his girlfriend, who lives with her two children, as being in a ‘strange mood’ ahead of the incident on September 30 last year.

Prosecuting, Kelly Marshall, said: “After going to the pub he arrived back home at about 11.15pm and was heavily intoxicated so his partner didn’t want him in the bedroom.

“She asked him to sleep in a different room and they began arguing and he pushed her with both hands.

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“He then went into a toddler’s bedroom and shouted ‘get the f*** out of bed’.”

The court heard how the man then began lashing out and damaged items including a conservatory window.

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By this point, the nine-year-old had awoken and had begun screaming.

The defendant shouted at the boy, who ran out of the house to get help from neighbours, while his mother called the police.

When the boy returned the man shouted ‘you can get out’ before forcing him outside in the rain in just his boxer shorts and socks. In shutting the door, the man hit and bruised the boy’s leg.

He then threatened to set fire to the house and tried to burn his coat before police arrived.

In mitigation, Charles Hart, said the defendant, who pleaded guilty, had been suffering from anger issues for years and had sought help previously.

He had moved out after the incident but was still paying rent on the house as he hoped to rebuild the relationship.

Magistrate Marilyn Darg said: “You are at risk of going to prison or receiving a high community order due to the many aggravating factors, such as, this is a domestic violence incident, you were intoxicated and you locked a nine-year-old outside and bruised his leg.”

The case was adjourned for a pre-sentence report and he will be sentenced on March 3.

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