A woman and two men have admitted torturing a teenage boy in Stratford when he was in their care.
On the morning of their trial in the New Plymouth District Court today, Bronson Hovell, 28, and partners Jacinta McMoses, 22, and Landon Boyce 30, pleaded guilty to disfiguring the boy with intent to injure him by burning him with a metal ring.
They also admitted sticking pins in his fingers and feet and drawing swastikas on his face.
The boy was aged between 14 and 15 at the time and was living with the three in Stratford in 2011 and 2012 when the assaults occurred.
After the guilty pleas, charges that the three also assaulted him using newspapers and a dog as weapons were discharged, when the Crown offered no evidence.
A joint charge faced by Boyce and McMoses that the boy was cruelly treated while in their care was also withdrawn.
After the pleas, Crown prosecutor Justin Marinovich said the Crown agreed to some charges being withdrawn because of serious criminality involved in the charges the three admitted and, in pleading guilty to these, the boy was saved from having to give evidence at trial.
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