Criminal acquittals under Section 59 of the Crimes Act – Media Reports
Man who chained stepdaughter goes freeInformation compiled by Barnardos
Reported: New Zealand Herald 17/11/99
A jury in the High Court at Palmerston North acquitted a man accused of chaining his wayward 14-year-old stepdaughter to himself, from charges of kidnapping and cruelty to a child.
The report states that the defendant’s counsel successfully utilized a defence of "tough love” without having to call evidence.
Belting okay for wild boys says jury
Reported: New Zealand Herald 21/6/02
Man acquitted of spanking
A jury in the North Shore District Court cleared an Auckland man of assault after he took a belt to his hyperactive stepchild as punishment for continually running on to the road in front of cars.
Father acquitted in pipe beating
Reported: New Zealand Herald 3/11/01
Jury acquits thrasher dad
A jury in the Hamilton District Court decided a father who struck his 12-year old daughter with a hosepipe was within his rights to do so and acquitted him from assault charges.
Smacking father discharged
Reported: The Dominion 22/02/2001
A jury in Napier District Court acquitted a man who struck his son several times on the buttocks with a piece of wood. A pediatrician stated that the injuries the boy received must have been caused by "considerable force”.
Smacking laws stay unchanged for now
Reported: The Dominion 21/12/2001
This article refers to the above cases in Hamilton and Napier and also refers to a case heard in the Christchurch District Court, where the judge, Judge Graeme Noble, acquitted a man for hitting his daughter with a doubled over belt, finding that the man used reasonable force.