An Auckland man has been sentenced to seven and a half years in prison for the violent abuse of his children, one of whom he suspected was a lesbian. 

The Auckland man convicted of the violent abuse of his six children has been sentenced to a jail term of seven and a half years, of which he must serve at least half.

The man pleaded guilty in May to a total of 16 counts of abuse, including hitting and slapping his six children, and striking a child with a horse whip, while the wife pleaded guilty to two counts of assault on a child.


The NZ Herald reports that the man beat his daughter with an umbrella, first around the torso, and when she fled to the lounge, he followed her and continued to hit her five times to her head and body the court was told after he “became enraged” after hearing the same daughter had hugged and kissed a girlfriend in school as a greeting, “sparking rumours of lesbianism”.

He also beat the same daughter around the head and torso with a stick after she took some of his synthetic cannabis to school.

“When the victim crouched over to protect herself from the barrage of punches, the defendant pulled up her head by the hair and punched her in the stomach before slapping her face several times.” The girl suffered two black eyes, a broken tooth, a fractured nose and bruising to her back.

The man’s wife and mother of the victims was sentenced to a year’s supervision and 150 hours community work, after pleading guilty to two counts of assault.

The NZ Herald reports that the man showed no emotion as his offending was summed up and was similarly unmoved as the court heard from of the children that they never wanted to see him again.

Both parents have permanent name suppression.

Article | Levi Joule.