Ab­ducted tod­dler’s dad breaks down in court

Man feels ‘so stupid’ for nui­sance of­fences

Isis Town and Country - - NEWS - Melinda Brad­ford Re­porter melinda.brad­ford@isistc­news.com.au

“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.

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