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6 year old girl 'disciplined' with a cricket bat.

February 22, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

Court rejects appeal of man who hit child with cricket bat.

A man who disciplined his six-year-old daughter with a cricket bat when she would not stop coughing has failed to get his six-month jail term reduced.

Arthur Bristowe had been sentenced in Rotorua District Court just before Christmas after admitting assaulting the child with the bat. In the High Court at Rotorua Justice Rhys Harrison rejected defence arguments that Bristowe should not have been imprisoned.

He said the district court judge was entitled to conclude that jail was the only adequate response to the “violence” meted out to the girl. The judge also said that home detention would not have met the needs of deterrence and denunciation.

He also said that six months was not manifestly excessive. Justice Harrison said that Bristowe was the custodian of his daughter. “She was at home one evening. She was coughing in her bedroom for up to an hour. Mr Bristowe became annoyed, both by this event and her previous behaviour.”

“He directed his daughter to stand and face the wall. He also directed her to remove her pants. Mr Bristowe then picked up a cricket bat. He struck his daughter up to six times on the left side of her buttocks and to her right upper thigh.”

The judge said that the blows, inflicted with the flat side of the bat, caused considerable pain. When asked to describe the pain on a scale of 1 to 5, the girl described it as a seven.

Full article here.

Categories: Abuse, Child Abuse, Punishment
  1. Casey Pongipongi
    October 23, 2011 at 8:56 pm

    i think Arthur Bristowe should of spent more time in jail…wht he dn 2 his dorta makes me sick i hope he neva has the chance 2 do that 2 her or any other kid he should nt b allowed 2 b alone with any…thy should of locked him up and threw away the key….GRRRRRRRRRRRR

    • Casey Pongipongi
      October 23, 2011 at 8:57 pm

      sori its ment 2 say he should nt b allowed 2 b alone with any child…

    • M J
      October 22, 2012 at 3:55 pm

      Funny that the above comment was posted just after Casey Pongipongi had found out that Arthur had gotten married, and a week after he had just had the kids in the Term 3 holidays last year.
      So while she wants him to look bad, she should also mention that Arthur never stopped having his kids and still has his kids every school holidays because even though he did a stupid thing, it was a one off stupid thing which he paid for, and she knows they are in good hands when they are with him. Maybe if Casey was happy in her own life she would stop putting her focus on hating and move on.

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