A MAN has avoided jail time after he hit his mother with a bedside table and tried to throw a television at her during a dispute at the family home.
The 35-year-old man was sentenced in the Bendigo Magistrates' Court this week after he pleaded guilty to intentionally damaging property and unlawful assault.
The court heard on the evening of May 26, a verbal argument started between the man and his mother in a backyard shed.
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The 35-year-old picked up a bedside table and struck the woman to her arm, before striking her again to the back.
The man then grabbed a television and tried to throw it at her.
The court heard the man's father entered the shed yelling and pushed the 35-year-old back in an attempt to restrain him.
The parents then fled to their home but the man followed carrying a stick.
The man threw rocks at the house and damaged items in the shed, causing a total of about $6000 in damage.
Officers arrived at the house a short time later and the man was arrested.
The court heard the man told police his mother was a "manipulative piece of sh**". He told officers he smashed up the house because he knew she loved the property.
The man also told police he felt "horrible" about the incident and he knew his parents were scared of him.
In his sentencing remarks, Magistrate Trieu Huynh said the offending was frightening and "grossly unacceptable".
Mr Huynh said the man had an opportunity to walk away but he instead carried out a sustained attack against his family.
The magistrate said psychological material showed the man did not have a diagnosed mental illness although he did have issues with alcohol abuse.
Mr Huynh also noted the man had little insight into his offending.
The magistrate said while jail was within range for the offending, he would instead impose a lengthy community corrections order so the man could receive treatment and support.
The man was convicted and sentenced to an 18-month community corrections order with 100 hours of unpaid community work.
As part of the order, the man will also need to complete alcohol treatment, mental health counselling, and judicial monitoring.
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