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Attack leads man to change his life: court

Saturday, 13th July, 2013

By By Kurtis J Eichler

A man who beat his son, leaving him permanently disfigured, had shown deep remorse and was changing his ways, the Local Court heard yesterday.

Allan Anthony John Hines, 48, pleaded guilty to one count of recklessly causing grievous bodily harm to his 25-year-old son on the night of February 22 this year.

They had been drinking at the Silver Street unit they shared that night when a fight erupted over family issues and a lack of cookware.

It is alleged Mr Hines used both hands to make a fist and struck his son on both sides of his face eight or nine times.

The court was told that Mr Hines also picked up a kitchen knife and threatened to kill his son.

His son fled the scene and when paramedics and police arrived he was unable to speak to them.

He had sustained two major fractures to his face and was left permanently disfigured. His injuries could also take a long time to heal.

Magistrate Geoff Dunlevy told the court that Mr Hines - who pleaded guilty to the charges in May - has taken steps to curb his behaviour.

“After a life of 30 years of alcohol abuse, Mr Hines has ceased drinking and consuming illicit drugs on, seemingly, a long-term basis,” Mr Dunlevy said.

“He has noticeably taken steps to correct his criminal behaviour and rehabilitate himself.”

Mr Dunlevy said Mr Hines had been undergoing psychiatric treatment for “several underlying problems” and had shown a “high level of insight” into what he had done.

“It’s apparent from the interview with probationary parole ... that he’s deeply remorseful for what he’s done.”

Mr Hines will undergo an intensive corrections order assessment to work out what punishment is suitable and will appear for sentencing on August 27.

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