Baby abuser let out of jail

Last updated 14:15 29/01/2014

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A man who was jailed for breaking his baby daughter's arms and legs has been released on parole after serving just over a year of his sentence.

Napier man James Robert Hall pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm with intent to injure to his baby in August 2012.

The Crown said the young father had bent his baby's leg behind her at least once, handled her roughly and squeezed her hard against him.

At not even 5 months old she had a recent fracture to her left leg, an older fracture to her right arm, two to her right leg, other fractures of her left leg and bruising on her pelvis.

Hall was initially given 12 months' home detention, but the sentence was appealed and he was given two years and five months' jail.

A Parole Board hearing earlier this month saw Hall released after serving about half of his sentence.

"Mr Hall has worked hard to address the issues which led to his very sad offending," the Parole Board decision said.

"He has learned from the [medium intensity rehabilitation programme]. In particular, he knows that in the future he needs to communicate more assertively. He should not be afraid to seek help."

The Parole Board said Hall had not caused trouble while in custody, posed a moderate-low risk of violent reoffending, and had gained some work skills and qualifications.

He was released on January 21 to an undisclosed address and will be on probation until April next year.

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