AFTER giving his father a severe beating, a 35-year-old South Grafton man must be on his best behaviour for the next three years.
Timothy James Smith appeared in Grafton Local Court yesterday to answer charges of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and malicious damage arising from an altercation on January 19 this year.
Police found the victim with severe swelling to his head and blood stains on his clothes.
They said he had been punched repeatedly in the head.
A screen door had been ripped off its hinges and a chair thrown through the front window of the property.
Magistrate David Heilpern placed Smith on a three-year good-behaviour bond after he pleaded guilty to both charges.
Defence solicitor Neil Johnson said his client had a "brain snap" after he overheard a conversation between his father and his current wife implicating him in the break-up of a previous marriage.
"It's important to note my client had not been drinking and has been abstaining from alcohol," Mr Johnson said.
Mr Johnson said his client's father had subjected him to domestic violence since he was eight or nine years old.
Mr Heilpern told Smith it was lucky he had not caused more serious injuries to his father, which could have resulted in a jail sentence.
"Imagine your son coming to visit you in jail," Mr Heilpern told Smith.
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