An argument between a North Albury man and his stepson that ended with him angrily chasing the frightened teenager outside has landed him before a magistrate.
At one point, Albury Local Court has heard, the boy asked his stepfather: "Are you going to hit a minor?"
In reply, the man, who cannot be identified, said: "If I have to."
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The man walked towards his stepson, who in fear "bolted" towards the front door.
"Come back here you little c ... ," said the man, who was arrested soon after by police.
Defence lawyer Mitchell Irwin has told magistrate Miranda Moody that his client, who pleaded guilty to intimidation, was "remorseful".
Mr Irwin said the man had enrolled in the men's behavioural change program and had attended seven sessions.
There had been some unresolved tension between the man and his stepson.
"This was the straw that broke the camel's back," he said of the circumstances leading up to the offence.
The incident took place on February 10.
The victim was eating his dinner about 6.15pm, but didn't want to eat everything. His stepfather became upset and told the boy to "try to eat it".
The boy and his mother then talked about the teenager leaving food wrappers in his bedroom.
The man, who was standing in the kitchen washing dishes, told the boy he "should get some counselling".
In reply, the boy told his stepfather that was unfair coming from someone who "can't control his anger at work".
They argued and the man chased the boy out of the house.
Ms Moody placed the man, 41, on a 12 month good behaviour bond, without conviction.
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