An east Auckland man accused punching children in the face
and assaulting another with an air gun has appeared in the
Auckland District Court this morning.
The 27-year-old is facing 19 charges of assaulting four
children under the age of 10 between January 2011 and
The man is accused of suffocating a 7-year-old child,
assaulting him using an airgun as a weapon, punching him in
the face, kicking him to the stomach, bottom and hips,
throwing an egg at his head and multiple incidents of hair
The youngest of the man's alleged victims was a child aged
less than one-year-old at the time of the offending,
according to police charge sheets
The Point England man is alleged to have assaulted the infant
by by placing a pillow on his face and punching him.
Another of the man's alleged victims, aged 6 at the time
police say the offending took place, was allegedly thrown off
a couch by the man.
He is also alleged to have hit the child in the face,
assaulted him using a wooden spoon as a weapon, twisted his
nose until it bled and kicked him in the back.
Police described the alleged offending against another
victim, a 9-year-old boy, as "a major departure from the
standard of care to be expected of a reasonable person".
The man is next due to appear in court in March.
- Brendan Manning of APNZ