A Warrnambool stepfather who threatened a seven-year-old boy with a knife has been placed on a good behaviour bond for six months.
The 26-year-old man, who cannot be named because that would identify the child, pleaded guilty in Warrnambool Magistrates Court to wilful damage and assault with a weapon.
The prosecution withdrew one charge of threatening to inflict serious injury and the man was ordered to be of good behaviour until November.
The court heard the man raised a steak knife above his head, yelled and swore at the child and then used the knife to damage a wall.
The boy disclosed the complaint to a teacher who then made a report to police.
The man was arrested last Thursday by members of the Warrnambool police sexual offences and child abuse investigation team.
He told police he "gets really angry" when he doesn't have any cannabis.
Lawyer Morgan Adams said the child had been home-schooled for many months due to the coronavirus pandemic and his client had "lost his cool".
Magistrate Peter Mellas said the offender clearly had problems with drugs and his temper.
"You need to try harder," he said.
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