A SON who tried to control his rowdy father at a family wedding has been fined $750.
Daniel Vickery, 27, of Preston Street, Dennington, pleaded guilty in Warrnambool Magistrates Court yesterday to recklessly causing injury.
He was not convicted and fined $750.
Police alleged that on November 10 last year both Vickery and his father attended Vickery's sister's wedding reception at the City Memorial Bowls Club.
It was alleged that Vickery and his father had a falling out over his father starting a new relationship.
At 11.30pm, the father went outside and Vickery followed him to the car park where an argument developed.
Police alleged Vickery put his arm around his father's neck and swung him around, causing bruising and abrasions to his father's hand and shoulder.
There was also a second incident when Vickery stopped his father going back inside in which the father's shirt was ripped, he lost his balance and hit his face on the ground causing abrasions to his face and forehead.
Vickery told the court his father was asked to leave the reception as he was aggressive to Vickery's mother, but his father remained outside and had been yelling for 10 minutes.
Vickery said he was the master of ceremonies at the wedding and had consumed less alcohol than most other people at the reception.
He said he went outside to try and calm down his father but his father did not leave even though police were called.
"I wish it never happened," Vickery said before saying he had not spoken to nor seen his father since the incident.
Magistrate Jonathan Klestadt said violence was never an answer even though he accepted that the older man's behaviour may have been provocative.
Mr Klestadt said it was the job of the police to assist with abusive, drunk or people being a nuisance.
"Heat overcame your better judgment," he told Vickery who was appearing in court for the first time.
The magistrate also urged Vickery to try and repair his relationship with his father.