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July 26, 2014
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Father beats son on suspicion of being a homosexual

Bjorn Burke, Staff Reporter

An irate father accused of cruelly disciplining his son for what he claims were homosexual tendencies had his bail extended when he appeared before the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court on Thursday.

The accused, who was charged with cruelty to a child, said that he witnessed his seven-year-old son in the street playing with a number of other children.

It is alleged that the accused accosted his son, scolding him that he is always in the street 'with man'. It is believed that Brown ushered his son away from the roadside to their home where he sought to discipline him by stripping him of his clothes, allegedly using a wire to whip him repeatedly.

The court heard that after enduring a whipping, the seven-year-old fled from the house running breathlessly to a nearby police station in the nude. Brown was subsequently arrested and charged.

However, Brown maintained that his son exhibited homosexual tendencies as he played with other children of similar age. As a result, he sought to discipline his child as he says other parents were not taking the necessary action to prevent a reoccurrence.

"They are feeling on each other's penis and whining on each other and these parents are not doing anything about it," said a seemingly distressed Brown.

"It is called experimentation. It's a normal part of growing up where they play nurse and doctor," remarked Senior Resident Magistrate Judith Pusey. "What you need to do is talk to your child and explain to him what is appropriate behaviour. Beating them is not the answer. Teaching them is the answer. Now the way in which you beat him, that is what you are charged for,"

Subsequently, the accused was ordered to return to court on September 9 for a mention hearing.

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