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Woman Loses Name Suppression

A woman originally from Fiji who hit two boys with household items, including burning one of their mouths with a hot spoon and poker, has lost her name suppression. Shahidan
28 Aug 2015 09:55
Woman Loses Name Suppression
Shahidan Nisha

A woman originally from Fiji who hit two boys with household items, including burning one of their mouths with a hot spoon and poker, has lost her name suppression.

Shahidan Nisha, 60, appeared in the Christchurch District Court on Tuesday. Her scheduled sentencing was put off to a later date, but her name suppression ended.

Nisham has been in custody since a jury convicted her on 27 charges in May. The charges involved assaults on the two boys over a long period, and a man aged in his 80s.

The Crown said the boys were slapped, kicked, punched, and hit with sticks or household items.

One boy gave evidence of a heated spoon and poker being used to burn his mouth, and being forced to chew hot chilli peppers.

The boy told the court of not being able to eat or drink for days after these punishments.

The elderly man did not give evidence at the trial because he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. A recorded interview with him was played to the jury.

The assaults took place in Christchurch. The jury rejected the defence claim at trial that Nisha had been “stitched-up” by a “web of lies” being told by people she was trying to help. She admitted slapping one boy for discipline, for good reason, but denied the other assaults took place.

The jury convicted Nisha on 27 out of 29 charges in the indictment. Stuff

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