South Auckland has its share of ferals too

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I should be more careful when I call people ferals.  It seems to upset the media so.  Perhaps I should have chosen animal instead.

A South Auckland man who fractured the skull of a four-month-old baby has been jailed for more than two years.

Toetu Salasa, 25, appeared in the Manukau District Court today for sentencing after pleading guilty to wounding with intent to injure and assault with intent to injure.

He injured the baby while it was being held by its mother, who he was attempting to punch in the face, the court heard.

… on February 19 last year… His partner confronted him about how much he was drinking while he was holding the baby and she took the child from him.

They fought as he tried to wrestle the baby back from her and she punched him to make him stop pulling the child.

His partner put the baby’s face against her shoulder protectively but Salasa began throwing “haymaker” punches at her head.

The baby was hit in the right side of the head and received a fractured skull and a brain bleed, the judge said.

The was rushed to Auckland’s Starship children’s hospital.

Salasa told police he punched his wife because he wanted to “repay” her and he must have hit the baby by accident.

Judge Lovell-Smith said it was an attack that injured “a completely defenceless child while being held by its mother”.

Salasa will probably be deported to Samoa once he is released from prison.

Probably not then.

The judge said Salasa’s partner had taken part in restorative justice meetings with her husband and wished to reconcile with him.



– Ian Steward, Stuff


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  • Michael

    Punched his own baby? Not sure that even qualifies as animal behaviour.

    • mommadog

      It is worse than animal behaviour. I think that with perhaps rare exceptions the animal kingdom protects their own young. They don’t go around punching or the equivalent of that. The term feral fits. I first heard it used by Michael Laws when he was on talk back and its an apt term for Cam to use. Cant think of another that’s printable and better.

    • thehawkreturns

      At least animals tend to kill and eat their young (or often their step-children) in an humane (ugh!) way.

  • Rex

    I,lay odds that a NZ judge will let this baby beater stay here! Time for a clean out of our judges!

    • Michael Cosgrove

      What do you recommend?
      A high fibre vegan diet for a fortnight with plenty of fresh fruit and vegies.

      • Eiselmann

        perhaps a week long vacation at a Mt Eden resort in general population having told all the inmates this guy beat up there wife /sister/girlfriend/mother ….a bit of poetic justice at least.

        • Wheninrome

          The mattresses are too hard according to one expert. He won’t get any sleep and it will make him even more “ornery”.

    • Albert Lane

      Because of the inconsistency of our judicial sentencing system, it’s now time to bring in mandatory sentencing. This will speed up the judicial process, as the judge will only have to determine guilt, and the sentencing after that will be automatic. The judge would then look up the computer list of offences, determine the level of offending, and hey presto ! The sentencing can then take place. Is there a judge in the country who would oppose that, or are some of our judges so full of their own ego that they would want to make up their own decisions on sentencing?

      • Rex

        Albert, “are our judges so full of their own ego”? I’m afraid to say in one word YES!

  • Murray Smith

    Feral it is then. Don’t be ashamed to use the word as a noun.

  • Catriona

    ‘Must have hit the baby by accident”. What a fantastic defence this feral came up with. Now this was a powerful punch to have fractured a wee baby’s skull. This person is a violent mongrel. And the partner wants to reconcile with him? Oh my god, it gets worse.
    I think ‘feral’ is an apt description in this case, regardless of what the media think.

  • Carl

    With never being in a situation like this but why would the wife want to reconcile with this scum. That is some of the problem.

    • mommadog

      He drinks too much. She punches him, he punches back…. I have a feeling this is not the first domestic incident and will not be the last. That child has no hope growing up in this household. I wonder if there are other children. And I agree – they will not be deported back to the Islands when he gets out of jail. There will be some sob story about keeping the family together like the last one.

      • Catriona

        Oh no, I hope there’s not a gaggle of kids already. This young woman’s self esteem will be zero, particularly if she has indicated she wants to reconcile with him. When will these silly young females get their head around – ‘it’ not okay to give me or the baby the bash’.
        They usually say ‘he didn’t really mean it’. Sorry sweetheart – but he did. I am sick at the thought of this defenceless wee baby being injured in this way. It will only be able to trust it’s mother in life, that’s for sure. Well, I hope so anyway.

    • Eiselmann

      Too many women like that out there …’he loves me most times’…’ he ‘s normally a nice man and loves his kids’….’ he only beats me up when I annoy him, so this is my fault really’. Worked at WINZ for 13 years so many battered women jumped on and off the benefit ,….it was incredibly frustrating interviewing the same women for a benefit when her face looked like it was a punching bag , only to cancel the benefit , often, with the bruises still showing.

  • Amanda Atkinson

    I always wonder about the use of the term animal when talking about sub-human or feral behaviour. I’m no David Attenborough, and I am sure there are the odd cases in nature where animals literally eat their young (male Lions for example they take over a new pride), but … in the main, animals don’t treat their babies like these sub-human ferals we have in our country.

    • Amanda Atkinson

      add to that, if they are sub-human ferals … but not animals, are we saying that animals are not sub-human? In the way they treat each other, especially their babies probably not. Therefore, an appropriate term for Cam to use may be sub-animal?

    • Barnacles2

      That behaviour, of the lion eating the young, is performed to remove another male’s progeny. The lionesses usually come on heat again and the new male can mate and produce his own offspring.

      I would suggest that there may be some prehistoric behaviour being enacted out in some of these child abuse cases, especially where the child involved is SOCK (some other c**** kid). Such a sad environment where anyone could harm a child.

  • Tom

    Why don’t the courts deport this type of person straight away, tax payers have to pay for their term in prison.
    Wouldn’t it be better to ship them at their own cost home never to return ?

    • nervus

      Send the wife and kids back as well.

      • MaryLou

        I wonder what would happen in the islands generally, if the village “chief” found out some dude was so violently basing his wife and babies. I bet there are traditionally consequences

    • Ratchette

      I agree. Get rid.
      Also, Customs catch smugglers, get taken to court, sent to a NZ jail.
      Why should NZ pay their jail costs ?
      This is what NZ should do … the Court gives them a criminal conviction, stamp their passport, take DNA, finger prints, record digitial facial recognition and chuck ’em out of NZ

  • Rodger T

    Seeing his partner has already indicated she wishes to reconcile with this animal,this will go in his favour re deportation.
    Only last week a drunk driver who ran down two children had his deportation overturned by a soft judge .

    • thehawkreturns

      Well said. The judges are all about “restoration”. That’s for furniture. These scumbags only get restored by being locked away from people who are not inclined to be violent.

      • Reaper

        ‘Restoration’ also implies that the item was once good to start with.

    • Dave

      And why cant they reconcile on their native island, if she is so keen on him, they can live on coconuts and fish, lying on a beach watching the sunset. Time to sell the benefits of them all moving out of NZ.

  • Martin

    Iss ornley when he gess trunk he gess mean

  • Wheninrome

    Those babies just diss one and have to be taught a lesson. Not having that in my house.

  • Wheninrome

    The question is “Was it his baby” or a “step” baby?

    • El Jorge

      SOCK probably……….

  • Had our five year old grand daughter here yesterday and took her to the local playground where there were crowds of preschoolers happily playing. I remarked to my wife that looking at these beaut kids how is it possible that anyone is capable of abusing children. What goes through the minds of these ferals that they even think such behaviour is excusable? “Sorry, your worship, I was going to hit the missus but the kid got in the way …”
    Sick, sick, sick

  • Wheninrome

    Animal behaviour (with the exception of human) is as natural as it can be, there are limited police, laws and controls. In herds there is the “Boss” male who sorts out uppity young males and keeps the women under control. In the cat family it is generally the female that hunts and the male that gets first go at the catch. In some bird species they share the sitting on the eggs, think penguins, as one example. Some mate for life, think Swans.

    Animals have traits peculiar to their species.

    I think the human animal has evolved in a myriad of ways through fast paced change in their environment, the discovery of the wheel setting this off.

    However, we have put laws etc., in place to try and ensure that we behave in a manner that the majority believe in. In the natural world, those that don’t behave are turfed out, pity that modus operandi doesn’t apply in the human world.

    These individuals are not “animals” if feral upsets invent a new word as they are a sub species of the main.

  • Dr Gonzo

    I’m not sure what positive contribution Toetu could ever possibly make to NZ society.
    Deport – Deport – Deport.

    • Michael Cosgrove

      Why don’t you put your own name out there so that you too can be judged, you self-righteous coward?

      • Mark Chapman

        Avatar name amended Michael, at your most eloquent request.
        Mark Chapman

    • Catriona

      Absoutely nothing. Except spray his seed around and make more kids who, even before they are born, will end up the underdogs in NZ society by virtue of their unfortunate parents.

      • Mark Chapman

        Quite probably. NZ is not alone with this problem, and we should never lose sight of that.

      • Richard McGrath

        And you just know those kids will all vote Labour…

  • Feral:



    existing in a natural state, as animals or plants; not domesticated or cultivated; wild.


    having reverted to the wild state, as from domestication:
    a pack of feral dogs roaming the woods.


    of or characteristic of wild animals; ferocious; brutal.

    So it seems that using “feral” to describe people who exhibit ferocious, brutal attributes is entirely appropriate. However as the media delight in portraying WO as highly bigoted and unfair to the less fortunate in society there may be a better term. Let’s have a little competition to come up with an equally descriptive but more media-non-offensive term. I’ll submit “barbaric” and “barbarians” to describe this kind of activity and those who perpetrate it. Anyone got a better term?

    • Wheninrome

      Feral human, so not to be mistaken with feral dog, etc., Identify the species.

      • Dave

        Yes, most Feral animals behave in that manner to survive, the type of person in this article does so because, well, because they can and will.

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  • Catriona

    In fact, when these guys end up in Court with pathetic excuses as to how the injuries to their kids incurred, i.e. tv remote must have fallen on it, 15 month old must have pulled them off the sofa (as in the Kahui twins case), baby’s head got in the way when I went to hit it’s mother – it is sick, sick, sick. Why can’t the Judges come down very hard on these mongrels and envoke the maximum penalty with absolutely no hope of parole? Because, you know what? they are more than likely to do it all over again when they get out and get on the booze – or not. These guys are yellow-bellied cowards. If they were true to themselves they would have the gonads to stand up in Court, hang their heads in shame and admit the truth. But no, they skew it in their favour because dead and injured little people can’t talk. My wish is that there is a God after all, who’s gunning for these mongrels when their turn comes to meet their maker.

    • Damon Mudgway

      And the irony is you need a permit to have a dog in this country. It’s beyond messed up.

  • G-Man

    Common denominators: alcohol, south Auckland, Samoan or Tongan name, violence, unemployed, multiple children. one can only pray the child has no long term health effects, SSDD

    • Honcho

      You forgot sock (some other ‘character’s’ kid), nowhere in the article does it say that the child was his own.

  • Damon Mudgway

    This is what happens when primates fight over the baby.

  • cows4me

    The scum should be breaking rocks everyday for the next ten years.

    • Wheninrome

      He could do it with his bare fists “karate style” he has experience.

      • Damon Mudgway

        Or with his head, not likes there’s anything in there.

  • Michael_l_c

    The result will be the same as this one from monday.

    His family can’t be broken up, blah, blah. Sorry you do the crime you make the choice.

  • Nz front

    He should be restricted of oxygen. I hope the prison guards make sure he will pay for his sins.

  • Whitey

    Really? That’s his defense? “I went to punch my missus and the baby’s head got in the way”? That alone should be grounds for immediate deportation.

  • Rodger T