An assault on a child playing with scissors has left the boy prone to violent outbursts himself.
On June 16, 2011, Christopher William Hayward, 34, became angry with a boy, then aged under 10, because the child was playing with scissors.
Hayward punched the boy in the left temple. The pair then struggled and the boy suffered a cut thumb.
Later in the day, Hayward kicked the boy in the lower back and punched him again.
The boy cannot be identified for legal reasons.
After a sentencing indication hearing, Hayward admitted a charge of assaulting a child.
In the Palmerston North District Court yesterday, Judge David Smith sentenced him to four months home detention.
A victim's statement from the boy said he had undergone counselling because of the assault.
Judge Smith also referred to a statement from the boy's mother.
"She says he has become a very angry young boy and shows his emotions in a violent way, something that he didn't used to do.
"What that goes to show is acting violently in relation to children not only causes them physical harm and emotional harm, it can have long-reaching effects."
Hayward has a criminal history, most of which Judge Smith said was "irrelevant", apart from a 1999 conviction for assaulting a child.
The judge said it was disappointing Hayward showed no remorse.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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