Prison is too good for some scumbags, like this evil prick.
A man who put a 3-year-old into a scalding bath, causing the boy’s skin to “flake off”, has been jailed for nearly four years.
The Dunedin District Court heard yesterday the temperature of the bath was at least 78degC and Harley Jason Ritchie put the child in it as punishment over a toilet incident.
The boy had since had six skin grafts, Judge Kevin Phillips said, and was expected to undergo more in the future.
The 25-year-old defendant appeared before the Dunedin District Court having admitted disfiguring the child with intent to injure, two counts of assaulting him and one of assaulting a female.
The incidents that gave rise to the charges took place in August 2014 and Ritchie looked set to go to trial until last-minute guilty pleas were made before a jury was empanelled last month.
There had been a restorative justice conference before yesterday’s sentencing hearing but Ritchie’s statements during the meeting were condemned by Judge Phillips.
The defendant had said there was “no time to p… around with cold water” on the day of the burning and that he had thought “the hot water might wake him up a wee bit”.
“I find these comments extremely aggravating,” the judge said.