A Hamilton Valley man flew into a rage and used a hockey stick to smash his-ex-wife's property over access to their son, a court has heard.
Timothy Robert Carroll took the stick to a CCTV camera at the front of the woman's Lavington home.
After wreaking damage on a front security door, he smashed the glass and reached in to unlock the door.
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Carroll, Albury Local Court has heard, walked inside carrying the hockey stick and approached a man living in the house who had his six-year-old daughter standing right behind him.
He demanded to see his two-year-old son, to which the man responded he was going to call the police.
Carroll was then told he could see the boy, but could not leave with him, so he took hold of him, police said, "and gave him a cuddle before telling him that he loved him, gave him a kiss and put him down".
Carroll's aggressive behaviour was sharply criticised by magistrate Richard Funston, who nonetheless said he had the opportunity to rehabilitate so he didn't act in such a way again.
"You don't go to the house with a hockey stick and smash the security cameras that are there," he said.
Mr Funston placed Carroll, 28, on a 12-month community corrections order with supervision.
"If that all goes well then that might set up the foundations for you to have the contact that you really want to have (with your son)," he said.
Defence lawyer Mitchell Brooks said it was accepted that the outline of the case "reads quite damaging for Mr Carroll", and it was acknowledged that children were present at the time of the offending.
But Mr Brooks said there had been a situation for the past four months where his ex-wife was "denying access".
"He's tried numerous times to engage his ex regarding access," he said.
"Clearly the main motivation was to see his son."
Carroll pleaded guilty to carrying an offensive weapon with the intention of committing an indictable offence, as well as destroying or damaging property.
The incident took place on the evening of April 15 after Carroll couldn't make contact with the woman.
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