Man disciplines sister wearing boxing gloves

The Blenheim District Court.
SCOTT HAMMOND/FAIRFAX NZ

The Blenheim District Court.

A man who assaulted his younger sister while wearing boxing gloves said it was his job to keep law and order in the house.

The Blenheim man was at home with his sister and daughter on September 21.

A police summary of facts said the man was in the kitchen making dinner when he heard his 14-year-old sister yell at his infant daughter.

He put on a pair of boxing gloves and approached his sister, who covered her head "because she knew what was coming", the summary said.

He then punched the girl on the arms. "You've got to listen to me. I'm in charge," he said.

The girl then ran to a friend's house for help. She had bruises on her arms after the attack.

When spoken to by police, the man said he was angry his sister yelled at his daughter, and that it was his job to keep law and order in the house.

The man was charged with assaulting a female and admitted the charge at the Blenheim District Court on Tuesday.

Judge Richard Russell said the man's actions were unacceptable.

"Whatever you were thinking or feeling, it's simply not on. This victim is 14. She is entitled to look up to you, and you don't get that by putting on boxing gloves."

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He was also concerned about the man's attitude about discipline.

"I think you could use some help to make sure this does not happen again."

The defendant did not have any convictions for violence since 2001 and had 77 hours of community work outstanding.

Judge Russell convicted the man and sentenced him to nine months' supervision, with conditions to undergo anger management and other counselling programmes as directed by probation.

He also cancelled his existing community work sentence and sentenced him to 125 hours in total.

"I hope you can take on board what you learn from these programmes and you won't need to offend in this manner again," Judge Russell said.

 - The Marlborough Express

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