Parents’ hell after choice to strap child. By Ian Stewart. Fairfax NZ News. 3 June 2012.
A mum’s “considered decision” to strap her son led to an assault conviction, and a judge told her that thinking about it first made it worse than if she’d done it in anger.
The woman and her partner, both South Island teachers, were convicted after they strapped their 8-year-old son, over his pyjamas, with a belt in January last year.
But after taking their case all the way to the Court of Appeal, they were discharged without conviction.
Anti-smacking law critics say the case is an example of good parents being criminalised, contrary to assurances from politicians when the law came in.
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