Father charged with wounding baby

MATT BOWEN
Last updated 15:31 13/08/2014

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A man accused of wounding his 4-week-old son swore at police and security staff before being granted interim name suppression in the Morrinsville District Court today.

The 37-year-old was released from custody to face numerous charges in the intimate courtroom while his former partner and mother of his child watched from the public gallery.

The accused made repeated attempts to communicate to a member of the public, saying "When do you come back?"
When police told him to be quiet, he said "F... up".

The man appeared on five charges - male assaults female, wounding with reckless disregard, forging a false document, attempting to prevent the course of justice and producing a forged document.

All charges relate to incidents that allegedly occurred in Te Aroha between May 26, 2013, and January this year.

The wounding charge relates to his 4-week-old son and carries a maximum penalty of seven years' prison.

Defence counsel Rob Quin said the mother of the child had approached him before the man's appearance to request interim name suppression be granted to protect the victim.

Police did not oppose the application.

Quin also said the accused was likely to enter not guilty pleas.

Community magistrate Sue Hovell remanded the man in custody and granted the request for interim name suppression to protect the victim.

The accused will reappear next month. 

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