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Swansea dad 'hit kids with belt after fight in school'

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: May 05, 2014

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A SWANSEA dad has admitted leaving his two children with marks on their face, leg and back after hitting them with his belt because they had been fighting at school.

The man, who cannot be named to protect the identity of his children, had been told his two children, who are primary school age, had been fighting.

When they returned to their city home he asked them what had happened and when they refused to answer, he chased them upstairs.

He then removed his belt and struck each of the children twice.

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Their mother tried to stop him but both received blows.

One of the children had a 4cm mark on his arm and a dark brown mark that was 5cm long on his back as well as a 10cm mark along his thigh.

The other had a 1.5cm mark on his check, with another stretching from his ear to his cheek.

The father, who had no previous convictions, fully admitted the offence when questioned by police.

Dan Griffiths, representing the father in front of city magistrates, said: "It's a case of a frustrated father trying to discipline his children in the same way he was when he was growing up.

"He's clearly chastising them and it's gone too far and was entirely inappropriate," said Mr Griffiths.

"This is a defendant with no previous convictions or any matters against him.

"He's never been in trouble before and his offending behaviour is specific to this particular incident and the frustration he felt because of his children's behaviour."

He said the council's social services department had been involved with the family since the incident and the children had now been returned to his care.

Magistrates ordered a pre-sentence report to be prepared by the probation service before they sentence him later this week.

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  • Dagztar  |  May 05 2014, 5:26PM

    What goes around, comes around... They won't small childen for ever...

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  • Hadoken754333  |  May 05 2014, 2:23PM

    I'm all for hitting your kids when they do something wrong, but there has to be a limit and it sounds like he crossed it. Doesn't make him a bad dad, a few seconds of bad judgement does not define someone for a lifetime.

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  • tomitma  |  May 05 2014, 11:36AM

    I am 58 years of age, and I am still afraid of being alone with my Father, as he is an ex-RSM loved to discipline us, and his Father also beat him, and strapped him with his belt, he did the same to his children, he now has 3 children all in their 50s and none of us, have forgotten what he did as we were growing up, we were terrified of him, and we still are, even though he is a little old man now, that needs help to get out of his car. You never forget.

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  • swanseagraham  |  May 05 2014, 11:21AM

    "had a 1.5cm mark on his check"?

  • luggys  |  May 05 2014, 10:39AM

    Barbaric way to punish children.

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