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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.