New Smacking appeal goes to Supreme Court

One News July 07, 2010

Christchurch father Jimmy Mason has been given leave to appeal by the Supreme Court. The 51-year-old was sentenced to nine months supervision and ordered to undergo anger management courses after a jury found him guilty of assaulting one of his two children. The case was widely seen as a test of the anti-smacking laws as Mason publicly claimed he’d done no more than flick his son’s ear. The Supreme Court has just announced it will permit him to appeal his conviction on the grounds that combining two allegations in a single count resulted in a miscarriage of justice. The two allegations are punching a child and pulling his ear.
Family First Comment: This is significant because our original concern with this case was that a father who admitted an ear flcik was found guilty of assault because of the way the charges were applied. We’ll watch this one with interest
Hear our reaction to the original verdict