Why not?

Why this woman isn’t in the slammer defies belief. Obviously a liberal panty-waist judge thought hugs and cuddles would be best:

A mother has escaped a prison sentence for an “orchestrated campaign of abuse and neglect” against her preschool-age child.

The 24-year-old Far North woman appeared for sentencing in Kaitaia District Court last week on two representative charges of assaulting a child.

The court heard that the charges related to two specific periods of offending, when the victim was two. During the first, of five months, his mother would strike him on the head with an open hand on a daily basis, the blows being accompanied by verbal abuse. At least two or three times a week she would push him with enough force to make him fall over.

He never received three proper meals a day, his diet consisting of “food such as chips and biscuits,” and on a daily basis would get himself out of bed in the morning and entertain himself while his mother remained in bed. It was often left to the defendant’s flatmate to feed and dress the child.

A second series of assaults over a six-week period included the defendant striking the child around the head and arms with a clenched fist, and pushing him with sufficient force to knock him to the ground. Again the child was addressed in highly derogatory terms.

This woman is unfit to be even described as a mother. The Judge is just pathetic:

Judge Davis said the woman had offended against one of society’s most vulnerable members over a “reasonably prolonged” period of time.

The child was now in his grandmother’s care, Ms Murray added. The defendant now had supervised contact with the child, and had not breached that arrangement.

The grandmother told the court that the child was now happy and thriving.

Judge Davis finally accepted that the required punitive element of sentencing could be achieved without imprisonment, but told the defendant that those who chose to abuse children would not receive sympathy from his court.

“This was significant abuse and a breach of trust against someone who relied on you for their day to day needs,” he said.

“This child suffered an orchestrated campaign of abuse and neglect.”

The pre-sentence report had cited the defendant’s lifestyle, associates, drug use and propensity for violence as factors behind her offending, but Judge Davis noted that she had made some progress in her life, including the recent gaining of employment.

What did she have to do to get sent to prison, kill the kid?


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

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