Bundaberg Court House.
Bundaberg Court House.

Stepfather, 72, seriously assaulted during family roadtrip

A MAN fractured the arm of his 72-year-old stepfather for being a backseat driver and dictating directions during a family trip to Victoria.

Timothy Kamahl Rowe, 36, pleaded guilty in Bundaberg Magistrates Court yesterday to the serious assault of a person over 60.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Tina Bland said the defendant, his stepfather and his mother were driving from Bundaberg to Victoria.

When the family got to Goondiwindi the complainant argued with Rowe over directions on how to get to New South Wales.

"During the argument, the defendant punched the complainant with his right hand, striking the complainant on the right side of his face about four or five times while the defendant was still driving," Snr Const Bland said.

The complainant yelled, "take me back to Bundaberg".

The court heard Rowe stopped the car, unbuckled his stepfather's seatbelt and tried to pull him out of the car by his arm until a crack or pop was heard.

Rowe dragged the victim on to the roadway and and then drove 200 metres down the road before he stopped and triple-O was called.

Hospital documents confirmed there was a fracture.

Defence lawyer Rian Dwyer said Rowe "instructs it wasn't a punch per se, it was a backhand more than anything".

"But he accepts he did backhand his stepfather those times," Mr Dwyer said.

"Unfortunately for him, the injuries are possibly a result of the complainant's age more than force he had used."

To which Magistrate Andrew Moloney said, "you take your victim as you find them".

Mr Dwyer said the family had made up.

"They are essentially a family unit, all has been forgiven, I am instructed," he said.

Mr Moloney said he was sure Rowe was ashamed hearing his behaviour read out. Rowe replied "yes".

Rowe was sentenced to 50 hours of community service to be completed within one year.

No conviction was recorded.

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