A Southland man who slapped his daughter was today told he needed to develop better methods for dealing with her.
The 45-year-old man appeared before Judge Brian Callaghan today on three charges of assaulting the 11-year-old in July and August. He was sentenced to 12 months' supervision and ordered to attend anger management and parenting courses.
The assaults happened on three different occasions.
Police prosecutor Sergeant Rob Mills said one incident happened after the child had argued with her mother and answered back, and the man pushed the victim. Another occasion was when he was unhappy with what she was wearing and grabbed her by the throat, and another incident involved him slapping her.
The defence lawyer said the man was remorseful and that there had been a disruption in the family dynamic, which had lately resulted in arguments.
Judge Callaghan said the father's actions were inappropriate while his motivation to correct his daughter's behaviour were the right ones.
Judge Callaghan said people in the past were brought up with physical reprimands but experts and studies have proven this was not the right method in dealing with children.
The man needed to learn new strategies in dealing with this daughter.
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