Mother and son brawl over borrowing a cigarette

WHAT started as a dispute over cigarettes has resulted in a former South Grafton man being convicted of common assault.

Bowen Hickey, who now lives in Tweeds Heads, was arrested and charged on February 6, after an altercation with his mother in her South Grafton home.

He appeared in Grafton Local Court yesterday for sentencing after pleading guilty to a domestic violence charge of common assault.

According to police, Mr Hickey asked his mum for a cigarette while at her house and when she refused, an argument broke out.

Police facts said Hickey stuck his finger up at her before he grabbed her around the chin and mouth with his hand, forcing her mouth backwards and causing immediate pain to her neck.

He then apparently refused to leave the house and when police arrived was taken into custody.

For the defence, Hickey's representative said he admitted to pushing her in the shoulder only, but had pleaded guilty to have the matter dealt with.

She said there was a long-standing history between the mother and son, starting when she "threw him out of home " at the age of 12 and he went to live with his father.

The defence said that two years later he went back to try to re-establish a relationship with his mother to little avail.

In making her determination, Magistrate Robyn Denes said all she heard during the defence case was "victim-blaming".

"She asked you to keep your voice down in consideration for another child in the house at the time," Ms Denes said.

Hickey was convicted and fined $600 for the assault, and an AVO was put in place for 12 months.

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