A three-month stint in rehab has allowed a mother, who punched her daughter while intoxicated, to walk free.
Stephanie Chowdhury, 38, appeared for sentencing yesterday in the New Plymouth District Court for assaulting her 13-year-old daughter. Judge Geoffrey Rea, of Hawke's Bay, said the assault occurred on December 6 after Chowdhury had been binge-drinking and smoking cannabis.
When an argument developed, her daughter tried to intervene. Her mother punched her in the face and pulled her hair.
When police arrived the girl was cowering in her bedroom. Chowdhury was so intoxicated she did not know where she was or what she was doing, the judge said.
The assault was a wake-up call for the mother, who signed up and successfully completed a three-month residential drug and alcohol rehabilitation programme.
She was entitled to credit for that, Judge Rea said.
He rejected a report recommending community work and community detention, ordering Chowdhury to come up if called on within the next 12 months.
The judge explained the good-behaviour bond meant that if she reoffended in a similar way and fell off the wagon in the next year she would be resentenced on the charge – and a judge would be waiting for her.
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