Father Will Do Community Service For Punching Son
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
January 28, 2005
NELSON, NEW ZEALAND--The New Zealand Press Association reported Thursday that a man who assaulted his teenage son will have to serve 75 hours of community service for the crime.
Uka Tuiva, 38, had admitted to using his closed fist to punch his unnamed 14-year-old son in the face when he thought the boy was lying.
The son, who experienced a brain injury at the age of three, had been at his caregiver's house when something that belonged to the caregiver disappeared. When the boy denied having anything to do with it, Tuiva grabbed him around the neck and hit him in the face. When Tuiva's partner tried to intervene, Tuiva slapped her across the face.
Nelson District Court Judge John Walker told Tuiva that he understood the laborer may have been under a lot of stress.
"I understand and recognize that," said Walker, "but punching a child in the face when he denied wrongdoing, or even if he admitted it, is totally unacceptable."