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.
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.