The defence of reasonable force was used in this week's High Court trial in Auckland which ended in manslaughter convictions.
Lawyers for Maine Ngati and Teusila Fa'asisila had used section 59 of the Crimes Act to defend charges of murder, ill-treatment and failure to provide the necessaries of life. The Crown alleged a three-year-old was beaten with a baseball bat and vacuum cleaner pipe, but the accused maintained reasonable force was used.
After the verdicts, Detective Senior Sergeant Richard Middleton said he did not want to be drawn into a political debate, but said there is no need for parents to hit their kids.
This is a case where the accused maintained they had used reasonable force with their 3 year old. It is quite obvious that the treatment of their child, resulting in the child dying was anything but reasonable.
Section59 does it's job once again.
So why are we getting rid of it? Because our Socialist Parliament dictates that that is what is going to happen.They don't care that 68% - 83% of New Zealanders do not want reasonable force (smacking) to be made illegal. We voted them in to represent us, but they turn their backs and ignore us.