A man accused of repeatedly pricking a baby boy with a safety pin and hitting him in the head with a phone while on a train “cannot restrain himself”.

Police said the 22-year-old man Brendon Duncan “cannot restrain himself”. When requesting bail he denied the alleged abuse that went on for over an hour against the 10-month-old baby.

The man was charged with domestic violence-related assault occasioning actual bodily harm and one count of common assault after was arrested at Woy Woy Railway Station Wednesday night after a passenger alerted police.

“Between Central and Woy Woy the accused was seen to utilise a safety pin to repeatedly prick the child around the ear and neck region, in an attempt to pierce the ear of the child,” the police fact sheet stated.

“Throughout the journey the accused was also seen to hit the child in the head multiple times with his mobile phone. During the trip the child was dropped on the ground of the train, landing on his head. As a result the child had a minor laceration to his right eyebrow.

“The child appeared distressed and was crying hysterically and the accused and (the boy’s mother) told the child to ‘shut up’.”

Police noted the child appeared “visibly distressed and crying hysterically”, News Corp reports.

Legal Aid solicitor Samantha McKensey argued while applying for bail that the charges against the accused were weak and based upon a sole account of one witness.

Police prosecutor Richard Taylor argued the case was not weak in opposing bail, arguing the accused possessed no self control.

“The child had injuries, it was quite a serious assault in my opinion,” Taylor said.

“The accused seems to be a person who restrain control himself. In my submission it is not a weak case at all.”

The accused was on parole until November having served 10 months for six assaults, the court heard.

Magistrate George denied bail, adjourning the case until September 6.

The accused is prime carer of his disabled, wheelchair-bound sister and did not live with the baby’s mother.

Police said they were working with the Department of Family and Community Services and the child had been placed in care.

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  • That poor little angel. So sad that he suffered.


  • I think that this boy must have a mental illness. So sad for the child.


  • Wonder what he does to his wheelchair-bound sister. In a way she would be in the same position not being able to get away quick enough to save herself. I can’t believe the mother of the baby didn’t try to stop this abuse. Maybe she shouldn’t keep this little boy or she needs help herself. Whatever I hope this little boy doesn’t have to go through any more torture.


  • This man should not be a prime carer or anyone or anything. This upset me greatly. I do hope that during the assault people/someone came to the child’s aid. This is truly so sad and this man must be charged, jailed for a long time. I cannot even imagine the type of person that thinks it’s okay to do this to anyone, let alone a helpless baby.


  • Don’t think I can write what I would do to him and possibly the mum as well.
    Just praying this poor little one is placed with a loving and caring family.


  • Sentance not long enough for this abuse on a defenceless child he should have been dealt with more severly. If he does this in public what is he cappable of doing in private. I am appalled at the behaviour and the sentance….. This should be national newa item and I have to say I hope fellow prisoners know too. Very angry


  • This is a dreadful story. I was surprised at the negative response on social media toward the people on the train not intervening sooner. I think they did what they were able to and have made a difference to this baby’s life.


  • Very sad indeed ! Clearly these people aren’t able to care and love on their child. Hopefully the child will be permanently removed and lets hope and pray they’ll find a wonderful and loving family


  • This bloke should be kept away from all living things. Heaven only knows what he did to his sister behind closed doors. I have only just commented on the sad case of Baby Noah in England who was killed by his mothers boyfriend while she allowed it to go on. Sadly the world seems to have lost the intestinal fortitude to deal out the punishment that people like this need. Why does their so called ‘right’ to alter their consciousness override the care and safety of children. Why is his mother not facing charges too, why is all of this so hard when children are suffering and dying.


  • Disgusting. How could anyone do that to a baby? But how great that members of the public called police. So many people don\’t or don\’t know what to do or think it\’s none of their business. Children\’s safety is all of our responsibility. If you see something suspicious or clearly abusive then please contact authorities. Children and babies can not cry for the help they need. We need to be their voice.


  • he is not a man. Have fun in prison when the inmates dish out their own justice, you deserve everything they give you


  • Thank goodness this child is out of the care of such abusive people.


  • Were was the mother when this was happening? If she was there she should also be charged allowing this man to assault the child.


  • This animal was ON PAROLE for six previous attacks, is his sister’s carer, found to have tortured this baby, in public no less. Why is he not locked up in a Mental Institutuion? Has anyone bothered to check on his sister? The baby’s mother was also a perpetrator of this cruelty. Why has DOCs not immediately rescued this baby from these callous, inhumane, masochists.


  • How very sad. I hope the baby is helped in the long term.


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