Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Dad charged with assault for flicking son's ear

We said it would happen.  John Key, now is the time for a statement on the referendum.

from www.newstalkzb.co.nz 29/01/2008 11:20:02

A Christchurch father has been charged with assault after admitting he flicked his son's ear for misbehaving.

Local musician Jimmy Mason says he flicked the three-year-old to reprimand him for riding his bike dangerously near a busy one-way road on the Bridge of Remembrance, in the central city.

Inspector Garry Knowles says after investigating the case, police have decided to charge the man with two counts of assault on a child. He will appear in court on February 12.

Mr Knowles believes the charges would have been laid even if last year's repeal of Section 59 of the Crimes Act, known as the anti-smacking law, had not gone through.

1 comment:

Lydie said...

Knowles thinks that Jimmy would have been prosecuted for flicking his son around the ear even before the repeal had gone through.
What planet is he living on?
What would he have done if one of his kids was unconscious and the other kid was about to cross a dangerous intersection? Call out, "Please come back"? Or drag the kid back from possible death, and give him a flick around the ear?

If he'd failed to get the boy back and there had been an accident, Jimmy Mason would be guilty.