Dungannon man beat son with electric cable

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A Dungannon man who beat his son with an electric cable, has promised not to use this form of discipline in the future, the local Magistrates Court heard.

Details of the incident, witnessed by members of the public in the Windmill housing estate in the town on May 17, were relayed to the court, which heard that the man was seen to strike the boy about the legs with the cable, leaving him “barely able to walk”,

Witnesses said the child was sobbing and a medical examination discovered bruising and a welt mark.

The PSNI Child Abuse Team was brought in and after speaking with the father, deemed it suitable for him to be bailed to the family home.

The court heard the man claimed his son got into trouble with other children when they stole chocolate from a shop a few weeks earlier.

It was stated that, despite being warned by his father to stay away from the other children as well as the shop, the son disobeyed his father on the day of the incident.

In sentencing the man to a conditional discharge for possessing an offensive weapon and binding him over on an assault charge, the Judge told the Court that the incident was “extremely serious” but that he believed the man was a “caring father”.