A Wanaka woman, granted final name suppression, was yesterday
sentenced to 12 months' intensive supervision for assaulting
her three children, who are now in CYF care.
The 44-year-old admitted assaulting each of her children, on
separate occasions, between 2010 and 2012.
She also admitted possession of class C-controlled drug
cannabis and possession of a cannabis grinder.
With regard to the assaults, defence counsel Sonia Vidal said
those on the two younger children were unintentional and
arose from the woman moving her arm and connecting with the
children - once on a child's nose and the other time across a
On both occasions she became angry - at one time because the
child was asked to leave her room and did not, the other was
while she was driving and two of the children were arguing.
The third incident, relating the eldest child, left a bruise
on the child's leg, but the woman had suffered more serious
She wanted to spare her children from testifying in court, Ms
''There is a lot of love between them.
''She does her best to try and ensure her children receive
appropriate ... care.
''There are just some trying circumstances where, perhaps,
all parties haven't behaved as best [they could].
''She loves her children deeply and wants to do everything
she can to ensure her children come back to her.
''She would not intentionally hurt her children and never set
out to hurt her children [but she] accepts she would benefit
from drug and alcohol counselling and anger or conflict
counselling,'' Ms Vidal said.
Judge John Macdonald said the assaults on the children, now
aged 16, 12 and 9, were ''simple incidents''.
''The assaults should not have happened ... but they're not
in the worst category.
''There were no serious physical injuries caused [but] one of
the consequences ... has meant CYF has intervened and removed
the children from you.''
The woman had no previous convictions in New Zealand or her
home country and as a result of the offending she had lost
her job and would be unable to continue it either here or in
her home country.
In addition to the sentence of supervision, the judge ordered
the woman to undertake any counselling or treatment as
directed by her probation officer.