Sydney, Jan 30 (IANS) An independent candidate has withdrawn his candidacy for the state elections in the Australian state of Queensland, which will be held Jan 31, after being captured on film slapping his three-year-old son in a cafe on Sunshine Coast, media reported Friday.
Jason Deller told Channel 9 that a series of challenging events led him to become frustrated with the behaviour of his son while having breakfast with his wife and family at the cafe, ABC News reported.
“Unfortunately I reacted inappropriately and gave him a clip over his ear,” Deller was quoted as saying.
“I sincerely apologise to my son, my wife and to those who witnessed the event.”
Deller said his child has behavioural issues that require the help of support services.
He added he wanted to be elected as an independent lawmaker to make a difference to the community.
“However, out of respect for community perception and well being of my family, I intend to withdraw my candidacy as the independent for Kawana at the election tomorrow (Saturday).”