A man who assaulted his stepson without touching him has been given a conditional discharge.
Samuel Scott Henderson, 34, pleaded guilty to assault in Brandon provincial court on Thursday.
Crown attorney Yaso Mathu described how Henderson and his 14-year-old stepson were arguing on Feb. 7, 2013.
During the heated dispute, Henderson lunged at the teen with his hands up to try to scare him.
That startled the youth, who fell back and hit his head on a door. The impact smashed a window in the door.
The teen had no visible cuts or injuries, but felt dizzy and had a headache.
Mathu told court that while Henderson didn't touch his stepson, his intimidating lunge still qualified as assault under the Criminal Code.
Judge John Combs imposed a one-year conditional discharge with a condition that Henderson take parenting counselling.
» Brandon Sun