Gran 'supposed to nurture' - not hit

Last updated 07:10 16/11/2012

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A 55-year-old woman who slapped her 2-year-old grandson across the face was last week told by a judge she was supposed to love and nurture the boy.

Dale Elizabeth Margaret Hendry, of Winton, appeared before Judge Michael Turner in Invercargill District Court yesterday for assaulting a child on August 29. She was sentenced to two months' home detention.

Judge Turner said the woman was at her daughter's house visiting her young grandchildren. She had been drinking alcohol before arriving and continued to drink while she was there.

When the 2-year-old jumped on furniture he was told by his father to go to his bedroom, he said.

He did so and was followed by Hendry who had words with him before slapping him across the left side of his face, which left a print mark, he said.

He started to cry and when the boy's father asked her what had happened she refused to answer and would not leave when asked to, he said.

When she left police were called.

She admitted slapping him and said the baby had spat at her and needed to be disciplined, Judge Turner said.

She was said to be remorseful, he said.

The victim impact statement prepared by the mother of the child, Hendry's daughter, says her children were sad and wanted to know where their grandmother was and why she had hurt one of them.

"This was an assault on your 2-year-old grandchild, a baby, he was among the most vulnerable members of society . . . you are supposed to love and nurture this child. Instead, you abused this child. It's a serious breach of trust."

Hendry's lawyer, Kate McHugh, said alcohol had played a part in the offending and she had acknowledged her actions were inappropriate.

Assault
Mark Gordon Findlay, 33, was sentenced to 40 hours' community work and ordered to pay $823 reparation and $400 emotional harm reparation for an assault on October 27.

A 49-year-old man, granted final suppression, was ordered to come up for sentence if called upon within nine months for assaulting a female on October 27.

Breach
Samuel Hamuera Tua, 42, of Bluff, was sentenced to 200 hours' community work and nine months' supervision for breaching a protection order on October 18.

Levi Anderson was remanded to November 23 for compliance for breaching community work on September 25.

Burglary
Hayley Mataramari Stevens, 18, was remanded in custody to November 20 for sentence for burglary on August 23, stealing a purse and cash on October 18, stealing petrol, interfering with a vehicle and two charges of breaching intensive supervision.

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Unlawfully in a building
Kaleb Floyd Morton, 17, was sentenced to 80 hours' community work and disqualified for six months for being found unlawfully in a building and driving with a breath alcohol level of 558mcg on November 4. He was convicted and discharged for driving while forbidden on November 4.

Theft
Zachary Dean Soper, 18, and Jonathan James Meredith were sentenced to 120 hours' community work and ordered to pay $140 reparation for stealing an outdoor bench seat, two deckchairs, pottery and a flower pot valued at $300 and two charges of stealing garden chairs on October 21. The court was told the pair, along with two others, took the items to furnish their flat.

Drugs
Michael Murray Oliver, 30, meatworker, was remanded on bail to January 22 for sentence for cultivating cannabis on October 21.

Driving
Kylie Marie Keen, 25, meatworker, was sentenced to five months' home detention and disqualified indefinitely for driving with a blood alcohol level of 173mg on December 24 and failing to answer district court bail on April 3.

Drink-driving
Brendon Mason Hansen, 34, of Ohai, was fined $600 and disqualified for six months for driving with a breath alcohol level of 620mcg at Mossburn on October 26.

Ngahoe Anita Bloxham, 19, 720mcg on November 4. Sentenced to 40 hours' community work and disqualified for six months.

Isaac Matthew Walker, 29, of Wreys Bush, 946mcg on November 3. Remanded on bail to January 25 for sentence.

Ethan Hawea Gillan, 17, labourer, 304mcgon October 27. Fined $275 and disqualified for three months.

Bruce James Hitchcock, 34, 851mcg on November 3. Sentenced to 50 hours' community work and disqualified for six months.

Luke Michael Lynch, 20, 823mcg on November 3. Sentenced to 80 hours' community work and disqualified for seven months.

Chloe Wainui, 17, 477mcg on November 3. Sentenced to 50 hours' community work and disqualified for six months.

- The Southland Times

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