Judge condemns assault on boy

KIRSTY MCMURRAY
Last updated 05:00 15/06/2013

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Disciplining a 4-year-old boy by twice kicking him in the back so hard he flew metres through the air has earned a Taranaki man his own punishment.

Gregory Maddaford, 31, was sentenced in the New Plymouth District Court yesterday to 225 hours of community work on two charges of assaulting a child, one of assaulting a female, one of threatening to kill, and one of unlawfully possessing a firearm.

In 2010, Maddaford took his son to the Omata milking shed where he worked, the court was told. While Maddaford was milking, the boy managed to shut off the power to the whole operation.

Irate, Maddaford grabbed his son and kicked him in the backside, sending him flying 2 to 3 metres away.

Then, in 2012, the family was in the lounge at home in New Plymouth when Maddaford asked his son, then 6, to go to the kitchen and get some icecream.

When he returned from the kitchen the boy had a bowl for himself and one for another child who was also there.

Maddaford again became enraged and grabbed his son and kicked him down the hallway.

He then kicked him back up the hallway and hit him in the kidney area, leaving the boy with a sore lower back.

Judge Allan Roberts said the kicks were callous assaults on a young boy who should have been able to look to him for protection, not abuse.

"There can never, ever be an excuse or reason for that behaviour."

Late last year, Maddaford was drunk one night when he got into an argument with his then partner about his use of physical force when disciplining children.

The woman punched him once in the leg and Maddaford lost his temper.

He grasped her by the arms and threatened to kill her, saying: "If you ever do that again I'm going to kill you. I will put a bullet through the back of your head. I will kill you.

"No-one will know."

He got his .22 rifle out of his bedroom wardrobe and took it into the shed. When his partner went to speak to him, she saw him cutting down the barrel of the firearm.

Again, he said he would kill her and that he was serious about shooting her.

The relationship has since ended.

Judge Roberts said the victim impact statement said the woman was scared of him and had to have time off work.

She lost money because of his behaviour.

A protection order was made and counselling prescribed.

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- Taranaki Daily News

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