Woman gets four years in prison for beating son

A woman has been sentenced to four years’ jail after beating her son with a hammer and then locking him in a bathroom for more than three hours.

The 33-year-old, who cannot be named, admitted to assaulting the 13-yearold on January 3 last year after her husband told her she had failed to provide enough money to her children.

She told police she had gone to visit her son at his grandparents’ home in Wollongong, east of Sydney, when she was approached by the son’s father and told she had missed his phone call.

The man told police he was shocked and asked what happened.

The victim told police the man had knocked on the door, but did not answer.

Instead, he was hit with a heavy hammer on the head and dragged out of the house, the court heard.

The woman, who had pleaded guilty to the same offence in September last year, was found guilty of grievous bodily harm, burglary and criminal damage to property.

She was sentenced to three years’ imprisonment.

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