Regarding the smacking case which everyone is now talking about…..
here’s some more facts!
I was the Foreperson in the Jury trial, some four weeks of blatant waste of tax payer time and money. The adage “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned” became the Jury’s position on why the charges and case even got as far as they did. Boy those women sure had an axe to grind.
What the Star Times didn’t say and Sue Bradford doesn’t know, is the child punched the step-mother in the stomach whilst she was pregnant stating he wished the baby would die. On another occasion, we saw photographs of bruising, cuts and abrasions that the son had inflicted on the step-mother – knocking her to the ground. This was her reward for attempting to prevent the child using a bicycle that didn’t belong to him. After hours and hours of searching they finally brought the child home late at night. He then went on to threaten to kill himself and the other children sleeping in the house. Conveniently, none of this is mentioned in the Star Times article – just the desperate attempts by the father to protect his family and the child from himself portrayed in a way that makes him look like a monster – he is far from it.
The Jury found both the father and the step-mother not guilty on all 15 charges presented in less than an hour.
It was not until after we had delivered our verdicts that we learned the eldest of the children and co-incidentally the boy father and step-mother had struggled with who had travelled to Hamilton for the case with his custodial parent completely trashed the Motel room supplied for their use during the trial. It was three days before the room could be put to rights enough to be used by the Motel for guests.
As an only child growing up in middle class Howick, I once told my mother to “shut up”. My mother rewarded me with my mouth washed out with soap. I never said it again. On another occasion I poked my tongue out. She clipped me under the chin and I bit my tongue, not hard, but enough to encourage me not to be so disrespectful. I learned from both of these now illegal discipline methods and shudder to think that my mother could have ended up with a criminal conviction for this. What can I do when my 13 year old does the same? Nothing.
Parents who beat their children are not influenced by this farcical law. They are still beating and killing their children in numbers too distressing to believe. Good parents are being punished by the PC watchdogs and when we look around at society and the breakdown of so many family units I believe that at the end of the day, you reap what you sow.