A Masterton man was jailed for pretending to hang his 9-year-old son in a mock execution, and binding another of his sons with chains before beating him with a piece of wood.
Last June the man, 53, admitted 20 charges of cruelty, assault, and assault with a weapon against his three young sons over the previous five years.
In the most shocking incident he staged a mock execution by tightly securing a "hangman's noose" around one son's neck, making the boy stand on a chair and pretending to tie the end of the rope to a kitchen shelf. He had been drinking at the time, and had reacted to his sons hiding some of his beer to stop him from getting drunk.
After making the boy write a farewell letter to his mother and say goodbye to his brothers, who watched on, the father told the crying boy to jump off.
When the boy refused, he kicked the chair out from under him.
He then sent all three sons to bed, with the mother having to cut the rope from her son's neck when she returned from work.
Later the man said he was only demonstrating the recent suicide of a workmate, and the boys knew it was not a genuine hanging attempt.
On another occasion the man tied up a different son with a length of chain before attacking him with a piece of wood. He beat the boy on the arms and legs until the wood snapped, telling him he "wouldn't be walking any more".
As a result of the injuries, the boy missed a day of school, and had to wear trousers and long-sleeved clothing to hide his bruises.
The man, whose name was suppressed, was jailed last year for two years and eight months.
- The Dominion Post
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