1. Dad charged with assault after “brushing his teenage son’s teeth with too much force.”
A Perth father has been charged with assault after allegedly brushing his son’s teeth with so much force the boy’s gums bled.
Police say the man is facing three counts of aggravated common assault.
According to Seven News, the unidentified Perth man allegedly grabbed his teenage son on the back of his neck and steered him toward the bathroom where he grabbed his toothbrush and then allegedly brushed the teenager’s teeth aggressively.
The man’s lawyers say they find the charges bizarre.
“I find (the charges) extraordinary, and it is legal in Western Australian for parents to apply physical force to correct the child as long as it’s reasonable and proportionate,” his lawyer Nicole Young said.
“So I can’t really understand how the police decided to bring these charges.”
The father will appear in court early next year.
2. Man charged with attacking his mother and girlfriend with a sword and machete.
A man charged with attacking his mother and girlfriend with a sword and machete in Sydney’s west has been refused bail.
Clinton Walker, 26, was arrested by police after concerned neighbours alerted authorities.
Police say the two women, 58 and 22, barricaded themselves in a room at a house in Emu Plains after they were hacked almost to death.
Walker, was believed to have been on the drug ice during the incident.
Superintendent Brett McFadden said, “After sustaining significant injuries right across their bodies, they’ve barricaded themselves with a view that if the male managed to get into that room. their lives were in real peril.”
“There were extensive amounts of blood throughout the house. The wounds to both victims were significant,” Supt McFadden said.
Walker was refused bail at Penrith Court.
3. 18-month old hit by car reversing in caravan park dies.
An 18-month-old who was struck by a car at a south coast caravan park has died.
Police say that the car, driven by a woman in her 30s believed to be the little girl’s mother, was reversing around 3.30pm yesterday when the girl was struck. The family were staying at the Big 4 East’s Beach Caravan Park on Ocean St, Kiama.
The child was treated by paramedics for abdominal and chest pains and abrasions before being air lifted to Sydney Children’s Hospital at Randwick in a critical condition.