Woman on child assault charge denied bail

ANNE CLARKSON
Last updated 11:44 25/06/2014
Margaret Mabel Dodds
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IN CUSTODY: Margaret Mabel Dodds, 58, denies a charge of assaulting a 10-year-old girl.

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A woman charged with assaulting a child and disorderly behaviour has been denied bail and remanded in custody for a case review hearing.

Margaret Mabel Dodds, 58, has been in custody since her arrest, and her application for bail was held over to today for more information and a judge's decision at the Christchurch District Court.

Dodds is a resident of the Seager Clinic at Princess Margaret Hospital.

Judge John Macdonald asked the hospital representative whether there could be tighter security arrangements at the clinic for Dodds, but was told it was not possible.

Defence counsel Paul Johnson said Dodds would agree not to leave the grounds of the hospital without a carer, and would not go near children under 16.

Dodds told the judge she would not offend or breach her bail, but Judge Macdonald said the conditions were not appropriate and he remanded her in custody until July 29, or until her counsel could arrange an earlier date.

Dodds denies the charge of assaulting a 10-year-old girl by pushing her up against a tree, disorderly behaviour, and two charges of being found unlawfully in yards.

The clinic told the court they did not believe a supervision condition would work because Dodds wanders off while out with a carer, and they cannot touch her to stop her.

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