Canberra couple in court for allegedly assaulting and threatening boys after game gets out of hand

A game that got out of hand between a group of boys has led to a Canberra couple being brought before the ACT Magistrates Court.

The court heard that the incident started with a game in which the boys, ages 12 and 13, were punched in the face, which escalated and caused distress to one of them.

After the boy reported his grief to his mother, 32, and her partner, 31, they accompanied him back to the house where the other boys were and found them in a bedroom.

Prosecutors told the court that the man had put one of the boys in a headlock and when the couple fell on a mattress, he kicked a second boy in the head.

Magistrate Glenn Theakston noted that there was an allegation that he then tried to strangle a third boy.

“He put his hand around another boy’s throat,” Magistrate Theakston told the court, noting that the boy was struggling to breathe.

The court heard that the boy’s mother made threats, and the boys said, “You’re screwed.”

She is also said to have told them that her partner “just got out of jail” and “we’re picking you up for school”.

“We’ll make sure people catch you,” she is said to have said.

Prosecutors told the court it was a disproportionate response and a serious example of an attack that doesn’t suit parents.

Magistrate Theakston said he would release the woman on bail as she had not used force.

“I hope she’s cooled down,” he said.

But the man has been remanded in custody after the prosecution expressed concerns about recidivism.

Magistrate Theakston agreed, saying it was a bizarre attack, which seemed justified by a sense of displeasure with his partner’s son.

“I’m just not convinced the bail conditions would do that” [allay] my concerns,” said the magistrate.

The woman has pleaded not guilty and will appear in court again in October.

The man is due to appear in court again later this month.

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