NZ Herald Jun 25, 2009
The family of the man convicted of common assault after pushing his 7-year-old son over on a rugby field say the charge was “sheer stupidity”. Glenn *******’s fiancee and mother, who are standing by him, toldthe Herald the police charged him based on the complaint of a passerby who saw “one minute of something that went on for 30 minutes”.
They said G***** pleaded guilty to the common assault charge only because he could not afford to hire a lawyer to defend it, which they were told could cost thousands. As he and his fiancee both work, they did not qualify for legal aid. Having just bought a home in suburban Lower Hutt, they could not afford the fees.