Vigilante dad takes revenge on teens after son was attacked

A vigilante father who took revenge on two teenagers who he believed assaulted his nine-year-old son with a scooter, told the the court he felt police did not adequately deal with the situation.

The Roma Magistrates Court heard on March 16, Edward James McKellar was charged with one count of public nuisance after he observed two teenagers walk along the street then proceeded to verbally abuse them.

At 10.40pm on December 9, 2020 the teenagers were walking along Bowen Street before McKellar started yelling at them from the other side of the road, the court heard.

“Witnesses heard him yell and scream then pick up a scooter and spin it as he walked across the road,” police prosecutor sergeant Heather Whiting said.

Sergeant Whiting said police attended the defendant’s home on December 16, 2020 and McKellar told officers that he asked the teenagers “how would you like to be hit?”

Solicitor Laurie Parker informed the Magistrate that his client was concerned after his son was hit in the face with a scooter.

McKellar stood up and told Magistrate Peter Saggers that he does not believe local police took his son’s incident seriously.

“My nine-year-old son was at the skate park and this white boy and his mates hit him,” the defendant said.

“I’ve told police at the station and they refuse to help my nine-year-old Aboriginal kid because two white boys assaulted him.

“Then these kids yelled at me ‘pick up the dumpers you white dog’ and I’ve gone over there abusing them.

“They’re 17 and they assaulted my young son with a scooter and police tell me they can’t charge them.”

Nodding his head and listening intently, Magistrate Saggers told the defendant he understood his frustration and informed him that he can choose to make a complaint to the Regional Inspector or the Crime and Corruption Commission.

“I take into account what you say happened about the matter, it’s a matter you should raise with police … and if you’re not satisfied with that and you have tried to talk to police, you’re entitled to make a complaint further up the chain,” Magistrate Saggers said.

“I take into account the circumstances in which it’s happened, you yelling out, no doubt upset about what happened to your nine-year-old.”

McKellar pleaded guilty to one count of public nuisance and was released from court upon entering into a $350 good behaviour bond for six months.

“Exercise your rights, lawfully … you have rights,” Magistrate Saggers told McKellar.

“I don’t feel I do,” McKellar replied.

“Well I’m telling you that you do,” Magistrate Saggers said.

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