A prestigious private school graduate who was allegedly stabbed by his own mother has avoided conviction for damaging his father’s multimillion-dollar terrace house.
Hugo Ball, 23, went to live with his father after he was allegedly stabbed by his mother at his family’s $3million Bellevue Hill property on November 21.
Just weeks later the troubled laborer was accused of damaging his new digs with cops issuing a restraining order on his father Ian’s behalf.
He was arrested on December 27 for damaging the front shutters of his Dad’s $5.5million property in the inner-city Sydney suburb of Paddington.
Hugo Ball (pictured) with his his British-born father, British-born corporate high flyer and former Cardno CEO Ian Ball, escaped a conviction for damaging his father’s house
The family’s 2019 Christmas celebrations (above) were no doubt very different in 2020 – with Palmer only recently released from prison on bail and Ball recovering from his injuries
Ball had been living at his father Ian’s $5.5 million terrace (pictured), which actress Toni Colette once reportedly bid on
Court documents obtained by Daily Mail Australia said Ball’s alleged Paddington rampage occurred between 9.30am and 9.53am.
Fronting court on Wednesday for sentencing after earlier pleading guilty to property damage, Ball told the court through his lawyer he had admitted himself to drug rehabilitation.
He has previously admitted to battling with a drug problem since graduating from his $33,000-a-year private school, Scots College.
In January, Ball was seen boxing and drinking with mates over a carton of beers in a Double Bay park.
Alicia Catron, said her client had attended a ‘number of in and out’ rehab programs in recent months, reports 7 News.
Ms Catron said in addition Ball was suffering from depression and other mental health struggles as a result of the alleged stabbing.
She also said his father, a former company CEO, was not after any financial compensation and had accepted Hugo showed remorse for the damage.
Magistrate Jane Mottley said she could not let the views of a victim affect her sentence – especially when they have a relationship to the perpetrator.
‘It’s a matter for the court to determine an appropriate outcome,’ she said.
His early guilty plea was factored into the sentence and the charge was dismissed without a conviction recorded.
The Apprehended Violence Order applying to his father was upheld to remain in place for two years – but will not prevent Hugo from seeing his father.
Martial arts aficionado and labourer Hugo Ball, 22, was charged with damaging or destroying his father’s plantation shutters in an alleged mid-morning rampage
Palmer is seen in a floral dress upon her release from Silverwater Women’s Prison just before Christmas. It was her first stint in custody, a court heard
The order does mean a further offence linked to his father or his property would likely be met with strict penalties including fines or imprisonment.
Ball walked free from Downing Centre Local Court on Wednesday.
Hugo’s mother, Samantha Palmer, 55, meanwhile is preparing for her case to be heard in court again next Thursday.
She is charged with wounding her son with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, domestic violence.
She was granted bail a week before Christmas after more than a month on remand at Silverwater Women’s Prison – her first stint in custody.
At a December bail hearing for Palmer, police prosecutor Kerry-Ann McKinnon said there was a ‘strong prosecution case’ against her that she committed an unprovoked attack.
Her lawyer has previously claimed she has an ‘ironclad’ self defence argument.
Ball is seen being stretchered out of his mother and stepfather’s $3.1 million home in mid-November. He lost two litres of blood, paramedics said