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Grown man attacks own mother with walking stick

A MAN beat his mother up with a walking stick before getting behind the wheel almost five times the limit - but she still wants to see him.

In August, police were called to a Tewantin address after reports the 43-year-old, who can't be named to protect his victim, became abusive towards his mother, yelling at her "your dog s*** on my clothes".

She locked him outside, but he began pounding on the glass door - so she unlocked it again so he wouldn't smash it.

Once inside he began to hit her across the back with her walking stick before grabbing her keys, hooking up his boat to her car and driving away.

Police found him at a boat ramp with the keys in the ignition, visibly drunk with an open can of VB in the centre console.

When tested he blew a reading of 0.239, but told officers he didn't drive the car - he was walking and found it there.

The man has two previous drink driving convictions for readings of 0.234 and 0.229.

He pleaded guilty in Maroochydore Magistrates Court yesterdayvia video link and pleaded guilty to making threats, being in charge of a vehicle whilst intoxicated and disqualified driving.

Magistrate Haydn Stjernqvist sentenced the man to 18 months, 15 months and 15 months for each charge respectively and activated a 12 month suspended sentence he received in April this year.

Currently his licence is disqualified until 2020 with an interlock condition until 2022, but Mr Stjernqvist increased both of these by another two years for each driving offence.

A parole released date has been set for February 23, 2018 and the man's mother is applying to change the domestic violence order against him so he can still stay at her home.


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