Charges dismissed over assaults on son

Nelson Mail 14 November 2008

The trial of a former Nelson man fighting for what he says is his right as a Christian to hit his son will not go ahead, after the Crown decided to offer no evidence in the case. Rowan James Flynn, 53, was scheduled to stand trial on five charges of assaulting his 12-year-old son, when he was aged 11, and one charge of assaulting a female. Mr Flynn, who now lives in Christchurch, also faced two charges of leaving a child under 14 without reasonable supervision. The father of four told the Nelson Mail last year he had been charged after his son called the police.

Family First NZ national director Bob McCoskrie said the withdrawal of the charges was further evidence that good parents trying to deal with unacceptable  behaviour from their children were being dragged before the courts without any evidence to back up the charges. `This case adds to our growing list of parents who are either being convicted, charged or investigated for attempting to correct their children in the most appropriate and effective way,’ Mr McCoskrie said.