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Boy assaulted by mother likely to need lifelong care.

November 27, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments
Itupa Julie Mikaio

Itupa Julie Mikaio

A woman convicted of inflicting head injuries to her then three-year-old son has been told he is likely to need care for the rest of his life. Itupa Julie Mikaio, 40, was today sentenced to a total of five years’ jail on three charges relating to incidents in Auckland in June last year.

In September, a High Court jury found Mikaio guilty of wounding son Benjamin with intent to injure and neglecting to provide him with the necessaries of life by delaying getting medical treatment. Mikaio admitted the third charge she was sentenced on – injuring with intent. That count related to an assault on Benjamin three days earlier, when he was struck on the body with a shoe and left with broken bones.

Justice Forrest Miller said the head injuries the boy received in the later incident had left him with bleak prospects of leading a normal life. He noted a paediatrician’s evidence at trial that it was doubtful Benjamin, who now had difficulty walking and talking and needed to wear a skull cap when he went outside, would have independence as an adult.

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