Police are investigating former Whanganui mayor Michael Laws after an allegation of child assault was made against him.
Laws, a former RadioLive talkback host and current Whanganui District Health Board member, was reported to police after allegedly smacking one of his children.
The incident allegedly happened at Whanganui Hospital last year. Laws, 56, was there with his three youngest children – Lucy, 9, Zoe, 7, and Theo, 5 – to visit their mother, Laws’ former partner Leonie Brookhammer, who suffered a stroke in August.
TheÂ Herald on SundayÂ understands the alleged smack was witnessed by a nurse in the assessment, treatment and rehabilitation ward. She reported it to the DHB and complained to police.
TheÂ Herald on SundayÂ asked police whether Laws was under investigation for allegedly hitting a child.
A spokesman replied by email saying: “Police can confirm they are investigating a child assault complaint made against a 56-year-old Whanganui man.
“As this matter is under investigation we are not prepared to discuss any further details.”
Laws yesterday said: “I have no idea what you are talking about, and my private life is none of your business.”
That’s all Colin wanted for a perpetual reason to have his election platform perpetually in the news: Â Michael Laws as a poster boy for his pro-Smacking campaign.