Dad in bamboo beating case says it was discipline
A FATHER fighting a charge of allegedly assaulting his teenage daughter has denied smacking her with a bamboo stick in anger.
Under cross examination on day two of a Maroochydore District Court trial, the father maintained he hit his daughter with what he termed "the training stick" as discipline.
In a recorded police interview played to the court on Tuesday, the 14-year-old girl said she was left with raised purple bruises on her bottom after her father hit her with a bamboo stick on November 20, 2011, at his Pacific Paradise home.
The court heard he hit his daughter after interrupting her while she was on her iPod and she swore at him under her breath.
Crown prosecutor Greg Cummings put it to the father yesterday that it could not be considered discipline if he struck his daughter out of anger.
The father said that striking out of anger "ran the risk of getting into something other than discipline" and the other scenarios were "absolutely not" and "definitely not" discipline.
"I'm saying that what I delivered was discipline," the man said.
The daughter had outlined to police at least two series of strikes which she said ended when she cried out for her father to stop and they ended up in a struggle.
The Crown contends the second series of strikes constituted assault occasioning bodily harm with a circumstance of aggravation.
But the father gave evidence yesterday that he first hit his daughter for using the iPod and swearing, again with a new stick after the first stick broke, again after she apologised in what he believed was a "defiant" tone, and again when she "shaped up" in a jiu-jitsu pose and
began kicking and hitting him.
He said he hit her between two and three, and four and five times, on each occasion, about 13 times in total.
He had been "disappointed" by his daughter's behaviour on the evening and found it "challenging" trying to "control" her but maintained that he kept calm throughout.
The man said he and his ex-wife had studied parenting and had used a small bamboo stick to discipline their children for years.
The trial will continue today.
Neither father nor daughter can be named because of laws which prevent the media from identifying children involved in criminal proceedings.