Three adults allegedly gave the boy eight RTDs and two
shots of liquor.
A judge has dismissed a Hamilton woman's defence that a
young boy's mother gave him alcohol and not her as "beyond
Lucy Teari Winnie Snowden, 25, was found guilty at the
Hamilton District Court this morning of supplying a young boy
with alcohol at a skate park following an incident that went
viral on YouTube in January.
Judge David Ruth dismissed her defence that the boy's mother
had supplied him with alcohol and fined her $1000 plus costs.
Before sentencing her, Judge Ruth told the 25-year-old she
had let the boy down.
"You may not have known him but it must have been patently
obvious that he was a child," he said.
"You came up with this unlikely story that his mother gave
him this alcohol and that is beyond belief."
Judge Ruth wrapped up the Judge-alone trial yesterday but
delayed his verdict until this morning.
A video of the 9-year-old boy drinking RTDs at a Fairfield
skate park in January went viral after it was posted on
YouTube sparking widespread outrage.
Hamilton men and Michael King and Kali Tiloi also faced
charges for their part in the incident.
Judge Ruth found there was no evidence to show Mr King had
supplied the boy with alcohol. He discharged him without
Tiloi had earlier pleaded guilty via audio-visual link to the
charge of supplying alcohol to a minor.
In a separate appearance to the other defendants he was fined
$750 and must pay court costs.
The court heard how the boy had four pre-mixed bourbon and
cola drinks and pre-mixed shot, that had an alcoholic content
of 20 per cent, on the day.