Mother 'snapped', hit young children

Last updated 07:20 20/11/2012

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The lawyer for a 38-year-old woman who hit both her young daughters several times with a metal pole last week  described the offending as spontaneous and out of character.

Esme Katrina Jones, 38, meatworker, appeared before Judge Michael Behrens in Invercargill District Court yesterday on two charges of assault using a metal pole as a weapon on August 28.

She was sentenced to nine months' supervision.

Judge Behrens said Jones and the children's father had broken up and she was dealing with the split as well as caring for the children, aged 4 and 6.

She arrived home from work on August 28 and went to bed but was woken shortly after to the children fighting in the hallway, he said.

She picked up a metal pole the children were fighting with and hit both of them with it several times, he said.

The father, who later took the children away, said in his victim impact statement that Jones had good qualities but things became too much for her and she had "snapped", Judge Behrens said.

Jones' lawyer, Heather Collins, said the offending was a spontaneous act and she accepted full responsibility for her actions. She was remorseful for her behaviour, which was out of character, she said.

Assault
Toni Fisher, 20, of Bluff, was ordered to come up for sentence if called upon within six months for assault on November 8.

Jamie Bruce Brown, 20, was ordered to come up for sentence if called upon within six months for assaulting a female on October 28.

Michael Keith Soper, 32, cable layer, was sentenced to six months' community detention and ordered to pay $500 emotional harm reparation for assault with intent to injure on August 19.

Lindsay Robert Kidd, 42, labourer, was sentenced to 100 hours' community work for assaulting a female on November 10.

Kurt William Lonneker, 32, was remanded on bail till January 18 for assault with intent to injure on November 4.

False details
Christopher Stephen Tilby, 36, was remanded in custody till January 18 for sentence for giving false details and stealing an electronic bracelet on October 18 and failing to answer District Court bail on October 17.

Cannabis
Caleb Wallace Metternich, 17, farm hand, was sentenced to six months' supervision and ordered to pay $205.61 reparation for possessing utensils for the purpose of smoking cannabis on September 25 and intentionally damaging a gown, the property of New Zealand Police, on September 26. He was convicted and discharged for possessing cannabis and behaving in a disorderly manner likely to cause violence.

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Nelson Kaponga, 24, chef, was sentenced to six months' supervision for possessing 2.1g of cannabis on November 1. He was convicted and discharged for behaving in a disorderly manner on October 28.

Burglary
Eru Karetai, 20, was ordered to pay $270 reparation for burglary on October 29 and convicted and discharged for breaching community work on October 2.

Breach
Tex William Turu, 25, was sentenced to three months' jail for breaching community detention on October 17, 18, 19, 20 and 21.

Intentional damage
Jonathan Robert Hill, farmer, of Dipton West, was sentenced to 80 hours' community work for intentionally damaging a vehicle at Dipton on November 6 and remitted fines.

Kurt Nicholas Sutherland, 23, builder, of Nightcaps, was remanded on bail till January 15 for sentence on four charges of intentionally damaging windows, including Winton businesses Southern REAP, Winton BNZ, Little Angels Ltd and the Big White Shop, on November 9.

Drink-driving
Bradley James Parkhill, 21, dairy worker, of Springhills, was sentenced to six months' supervision, fined $500 and disqualified from driving for six months for driving with a breath alcohol level of 517mcg at Waianawa on November 8.

Andrew John Price, 19, 507mcg on November 9. Remanded on bail till January 15 for sentence.

- The Southland Times

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