Abducted toddler’s dad breaks down in court
Man feels ‘so stupid’ for nuisance offences
“LAST month was one of the worst months of my life.”
The father of a three-year-old girl who was abducted in early April uttered these words as he broke down in Childers Magistrates Court after pleading guilty to two charges of causing a public nuisance.
The former Childers man, who cannot be identified to protect the identity of his daughter, told the court he did not remember much about the incidents because he “didn’t want to remember it”, following the two-day disappearance of the toddler.
The 36-year-old, who has since left town, was charged with the offences the day after the disappearance of his daughter.
The court was told that on April 11, the man caused a disturbance outside the Childers pool after being assaulted.
Police prosecutor Senior Constable Hayley Glover told the court the drunk dad was taken to hospital to receive medical treatment, where he verbally abused staff and refused treatment.
He was later found arguing in the front yard of a friend’s house, where he became increasingly aggressive towards a person believed to be his brother, before being arrested.
On April 16, he was again arrested for public nuisance offences after causing a disturbance at the Childers Motel.
The man told the court he “felt so stupid” for his actions.
“There’s only one bloke who can change it, isn’t there?” magistrate John Smith told him.
The father was fined a total of $1100.