Police suspect cattle prod used in attack on 12-year-old

A MAN charged with the torture and severe bashing of his 12-year-old stepson is due to appear in court tomorrow morning.

Police will allege the 55-year-old, who resides in the Southern Downs, beat the boy as a form of corporal punishment on a number of occasions.

The man cannot be identified to protect the identity of his alleged victim.

The boy was yesterday in hospital with a range of injuries, including broken bones, facial swelling and extensive cuts and bruises.

It is also alleged the boy sustained injuries "consistent with an electrical current being applied with an instrument similar to a cattle prod".

It is believed the boy is due to be released from hospital soon.

The matter was briefly heard in the Warwick Magistrates Court yesterday morning but the man did not appear in person.

He remains in police custody, where he has been since he was arrested on Tuesday. The man did not apply for bail yesterday but it is expected he will make an application during his court appearance tomorrow morning.

He is charged with three counts of assault occasioning bodily harm, four counts of assault occasioning bodily harm while armed or in company and one count of torture.

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