Supervision for mum who hit her children

01:36, Dec 20 2012

A Central Otago woman whose young children fled home and sought shelter at a police station was sentenced to 12 months' intensive supervision when she appeared in the Queenstown District Court this week.

The woman, 44, was granted final name suppression to protect the children's identities when she appeared before Judge John Macdonald.

She entered guilty pleas to charges of assault on or about August 19, assaulting a child aged 7 on a date unknown in 2010, possessing cannabis, and possessing a utensil for preparing drugs on August 26.

The court was previously told the defendant was a mother of three - a teenage daughter, a young son and a daughter under 10. On August 19, an argument started between the mother and the eldest daughter about cleaning the house.

The daughter, who was sitting, pulled her legs up to protect herself when the mother hit her in the face and bloodied her nose. All three children left the house, went to a police station to seek shelter and told police about the assault.

They were then taken into care with Child, Youth and Family and when interviewed by a specialist disclosed two other assaults by the mother in the past two years.


Lawyer Sonia Vidal said her client pleaded guilty because she wanted to avoid the children appearing in court, and one of the incidents was accidental. She wanted to do everything to get her children back and had never set out to hurt any of them. However, she accepted she could benefit from drug and alcohol counselling and anger or conflict resolution treatment.

Sande Kumar, 36, of Frankton, tow-truck driver, was sentenced to come up for sentence if called upon within nine months for assaulting a female, and convicted and discharged for trespass, November 9.

Graeme Derek Thorburn, 30, and Simon Leversedge, 33, were separately charged with assault with intent to injure after an incident in Cow Ln on October 17. Both men were remanded on bail without plea to January 14.

Jamie Stewart Baxter, 39, of Makarora, graphic artist, was remanded for sentence on February 11 for importing cannabis seeds, on September 25, cultivating cannabis and possessing cannabis, on November 29. A summary of facts says he ordered a packet of 10 cannabis seeds from an internet supply company in the Netherlands. The shipment was intercepted by Customs and a search warrant issued to search a house-bus in Makarora. Police found a hidden cavity with an indoor growing area. Sixty plants were found, including 26 mature plants between 10cm and 30cm high, 24 juvenile plants and 10 seedlings. Six grams of dried cannabis was found in snaplock bags.

Baxter told police he smoked cannabis several times a day instead of using painkillers for a back injury.

He admitted his attempt to import seeds and said he was chasing the company wondering why his seeds had not arrived.

The summary says he drew investigators' attention to the irony that the company was going to send another packet of seeds.

Lewis Charles Elliott, 22, sales representative, was sentenced to 125 hours' community work for supplying a class C controlled drug, namely cannabis, October 30.

Obscenely exposed
Joshua Jodie Sneddon, 23, a South African, was sentenced to 12 months' intensive supervision on three charges of intentionally and obscenely exposing his genitals in a public place on September 2, 4 and 9.

Darren Reiri, 33, of Frankton, machine operator, was fined $500 for behaving in a disorderly manner that was likely in the circumstances to cause violence against persons to start, on December 16.

Chien-Yun Chang, 27, of Taiwan, was fined $500 and disqualified from driving for six months for dangerous driving on State Highway 6, on December 15.

David John Broadmore, 40, artist, of Luggate, was convicted and discharged for driving while suspended having been convicted at least twice previously, on June 11.

Drink-driving causing injury
Jasmin Elizabeth Bragg, 21, housekeeper, of Wanaka, was sentenced to 150 hours' community work and disqualified for one year for causing bodily injury while driving with a blood alcohol level of 175mg, on July 14.

Barry Robert Anderson, 33, plumber, of Arrowtown, was sentenced to nine months' supervision, four months' community detention with a daily 8pm to 7am curfew, 100 hours' community work, disqualified from driving for 18 months and ordered to pay $210 reparation for driving with a blood alcohol level of 178mg, having been convicted at least twice previously, on October 13.

Kirwan Michael Creswell, 25, stonemason, of Lake Hawea, was fined $850 and disqualified for six months for driving with a breath alcohol level of 856mcg, on December 15.

Gordon James Elliot, 47, of Kingston, 582mcg on December 9. Fined $550 and disqualified for six months.

Thomas Henry Murch, 24, of Albert Town, 960mcg on November 30. Fined $900 and disqualified for eight months.

Jasper Jagger Roberts, 18, of Arrow Junction, British, 290mcg on October 27. Fined $300 and disqualified for three months.

The Southland Times