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Angry Mum Who Burnt Child Jailed

  A woman who vented her anger by burning her seven-year-old daughter with a hot spoon last September was jailed for eight months yesterday. And High Court judge Justice Paul
09 Aug 2018 10:00
Angry Mum  Who Burnt  Child Jailed

 

A woman who vented her anger by burning her seven-year-old daughter with a hot spoon last September was jailed for eight months yesterday.

And High Court judge Justice Paul Madigan issued a stern warning that the physical and emotional abuse of a young child or any child for that matter should not be condoned.

Justice Madigan made the comment while delivering the sentence of a 21-year-old housewife and mother of two at the High Court in Labasa on Monday.

 

Particulars of the case

The court heard that on September 13, 2017, the accused burnt her then seven-year-old daughter with a hot spoon.

The court heard that on the said day, the seven-year-old woke up around 3am as she normally does to prepare for the day.

As the little girl washed the dishes, the accused  who was making roti kept telling her to be fast with her chores. She was angry with the victim.

Until such a point, the accused lifted the victim’s dress and placed a hot cooking spoon on her back.

The court heard that the spoon was heated on an open flame.

On September 14, 2017, the victim’s teacher noticed the burn injury on her and informed Social Welfare.

A Social Welfare officer reported the matter to the Police on the same day.

The victim was medically examined by a doctor at the Labasa Hospital who found injuries on her left buttock, right lower back and forehead.

 

Sentencing remarks

While taking into account her mitigation, Justice Madigan said the assault was a breach of trust with a weapon.

Justice Madigan said: “It is reported that the child now eight has been in the care of the Social Welfare since September 21, 2017,” he said.

He said she was removed from the care of her mother when her teacher reported the marks of physical abuse on her body.

“She refuses to have family members visit her; whenever teachers or wardens talk about families she becomes morose and untalkative.

“It is clear from the report that she has suffered very badly both physically and psychosocially at the hands of her mother and step-father and it is her stated choice that she remains at the home with the people she regards as family,” he added.

Edited by Caroline Ratucadra

 

 

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