Baby’s abuse earns father home term

NZ Herald 16 November 2012
He subjected his newborn baby to months of torture, biting through her earlobe, twisting her toe until it snapped, fracturing her ribs and femur and gouging the soles of her feet with his fingernail. But he will not spend any time in prison.Despite inflicting “significant and repetitive violence” on the baby girl, leaving her little body covered in marks and bruises, Jack Alexander Booker was sentenced to 12 months’ home detention.The 22-year-old cried as he was sentenced in the North Shore District Court yesterday. He was facing up to five years’ jail on three charges of physically abusing his daughter, who was just a month old when it began.But because he had no criminal history, pleaded guilty as early as possible and had taken steps to change his violent behaviour, he got a substantial discount, meaning he was eligible for home detention.
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