Monday, November 30, 2009

So did we need to remove Section 59?

A woman who assaulted her three children over a 21 month period with weapons that included a jug cord, tent pole, belt and wooden spoon during various incidents in Napier, Gisborne and Invercargill has been jailed for 3 and a half years. One of the people hit was a one-year-old boy.

So cases like this is why why section 59 of the Crimes Act, removing the defence of reasonable force for correction, had to go from the statute books, right?




Anonymous Anonymous said...

The problem is that this woman was able to use the defence of s59 because the assaults happened before the defence was removed. But the defence STILL didn't work - in other words, the law worked as intended. Assault = assault. There was no need to introduce the anti-smacking law.

December 1, 2009 at 7:28 AM  
Anonymous Sam said...

Very True! Why mess with what ain't broke? Assault has never been legal. I think some disguised alterior motive.

December 10, 2009 at 2:14 AM  

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