Judge orders son to pay dad
A SON who slashed his father’s arm with a knife and attacked him with a walking cane was ordered to pay him more than $32,000 in compensation yesterday.
Bundaberg District Court was told Andrew Peter Fredric, now 32, of Bundaberg, attacked his father, Peter, in December 2005 in Bargara.
Judge Leanne Clare said Fredric was drunk and aggressive when he went and assaulted his father in his own home.
The judge said Fredric hit his 52-year-old father, before striking him with a walking cane until it broke.
He then produced a knife and slashed his father’s arm.
“(Peter Fredric’s) attempts to defend himself were ineffectual in the face of the violence,” she said.
In September 2006, Fredric was convicted of offences including assault causing bodily harm, assault causing bodily harm with a weapon and unlawful wounding.
The court was told his father’s injuries included bruising and a 1.5cm deep knife wound and, since the attack, he has been deemed permanently unable to work as a wardsman.
Peter Fredric’s solicitor, Travis George, said his client had suffered depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and a back injury since the 2005 attack.
The court was told he had changed from an “easygoing” man to a person who no longer pursued his interest in boating and also reported to his psychiatrist that he attempted to commit suicide.
Mr George said his client was also left bruised and later scarred from the knife wound.
But Judge Clare said without photographic or other evidence it was hard to make an assessment of the level of compensation the father deserved for the injuries.
“I accept that he is now disabled,” Judge Clare said.
“I accept the injuries sustained during the offence were the catalyst that brought on his retirement.”
Neither party was present in court to hear the finding handed down by the judge.
The judge ordered Fredric pay his father $32,250 for the mental and physical injuries suffered from the attack.