Man charged for walking daughter to school
A 29-year-old Bundaberg man has copped a $300 fine for walking his daughter to school.
The man is a respondent to a domestic violence order that prohibits him from following, approaching, or being within 10 metres to his daughter's mother.
At 8am on January 23, 2017, the aggrieved was walking her daughter to school in Murgon.
According to police prosecutor Marcus Hooper, the man approached the woman and the child and nodded his head at her before hugging and kissing the daughter.
"A short conversation ensued and the aggrieved allowed the respondent to walk the kids to school, and they all kept going.
"The aggrieved mentioned to the respondent that he was not to be with her because of the current protection order," Sgt Hooper said.
"He shrugged his shoulders and continued to stay with the aggrieved.
Sgt Hooper said at 2.55pm that day, the mother walked out of their daughter's classroom and saw the man standing at the bottom of the stairs.
"Police were contacted and upon arrival, the respondent decamped on foot," he said.
"The aggrieved said she was fearful and unsure of what the respondent was capable of as she hadn't seem or heard from (him) for about a year at that stage."
The 29-year old man was also charged for breaching his bail.
"He failed to report every Friday from March 30 up to and including October 12, a total of 29 times."
Defence lawyer Tim Campion said it was the first day of school for his client's daughter.
"They went to get school uniforms for the daughter," he said.
"It's obvious he was there for the child's interest. We're not looking at someone who was aggressive or who used any violence."
Magistrate Louisa Pink said the man had a history of not complying with bail.
"You know how serious it is, it seems you simply disregard your bail conditions," she said.
For the two charges of breaching the domestic violence order, the man was fined $300.
For the charge of breaching his bail 29 times, he was charged $500.
The convictions were recorded.