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Man Accused Of Leaving His Toddler In A Hot Car "Sorry"

A man accused of leaving his three-year-old son in a hot car while he went to the pub has told Nine News that he is “extremely sorry”.

Police say that the 43-year-old, who appeared in Bankstown Local Court on Tuesday via video link, had parked his car near the Hume Hotel in Yagoona on Saturday, leaving his toddler behind while he went inside.

It was a swelteringly hot day, with parts of Sydney reaching record-breaking temperatures, Magistrate Elaine Truscott pointed out in court yesterday.

“It’s lucky the child didn’t die,” she said. “He went to the pub and left the three-year-old child in the car where it was at least 36 degrees and rising.

“The child vomited, defecated and wet his pants and was extremely dehydrated.”

Police were alerted to the distressed child by local barber Issa Khadem, who noticed him from inside his shop.

The court heard that the boy was in the car for at least 23 minutes and another of the man’s sons, a two-year-old, was left alone at their home in Yagoona at the same time.

“[The accused] clearly has an alcohol and gambling problem,” Ms Truscott added.

The man was last night granted bail and told waiting reporters that it was an “error in judgement” and that he was “extremely sorry”.

Conditions of his release stipulate that he not be left alone with his or any other children under the age of 10.

He is due to face court again in October.

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