Townsville Bulletin

Son smashes mum’s boat after she calls cops on him


A MAN has appeared in a North Queensland court after he attacked his mother’s boat and scratched “narc” into its side after she called police with concerns about her son’s mental health.

Kenneth Raymond Seale admitted in the Ingham Magistrate­s Court to the sole charge of wilful damage in relation to the ugly incident in Woodgate, near Bundaberg, on January 15.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Erin Collis said the victim, Seale’s biological mother, called police with concerns about the defendant’s mental wellbeing.

“He became very agitated, saying he didn’t need help, he’s then become angry when he’s realised she is calling police on him,” Constable Collis said.

“The defendant has picked up a shovel and walked over to her boat in her backyard and she saw the defendant swinging the shovel at the boat about six times, leaving holes in the front of the boat and the defendant scratched ‘narc’ into the side of the boat.”

She said Seale admitted to his actions, which left five holes in the vessel and caused hundreds of dollars in damage.

“He said that in the morning, his mum gave him an ultimatum to leave (the home) or go and seek help,” Constable Collis said.

She said the victim was seeking restitutio­n of $330.

Seale, representi­ng himself, had nothing to say in his defence.

Acting Magistrate Scott Luxton said the offence was out of character.

Seale was fined $400 and ordered to pay restitutio­n.

No conviction was recorded.

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