Cou­ple who at­tacked kids jailed

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

A Toko­roa cou­ple who at­tacked two chil­dren over a num­ber of years have each been jailed for 18 months.

Stan­ley Wil­lard Ha­mon, 46, and Elizabeth Tanya Matangi, 33, were found guilty by a Ro­torua District Court jury in Fe­bru­ary of wil­ful ill­treat­ment, as­saults with a weapon and as­saults on a boy and girl at var­i­ous places around the North Is­land, Matangi from 2001 to 2011 and Ha­mon from 2005 to 2011.

Sen­tenc­ing them last week, Judge Chris McGuire com­pared them with Bon­nie and Clyde with­out weapons.

He said they had been on the run from au­thor­i­ties af­ter Matangi had ab­ducted the two young­sters who had been in CYF care.

She is presently serv­ing two years four months be­hind bars for the ab­duc­tion and to­day’s sen­tence was added to that, tak­ing her to­tal jail time to 3 years 10 months.

One of the charges against Ha­mon stemmed from him hold­ing a gun to the boy’s head, threat­en­ing to shoot him and then bury him in a for­est.

The child had been hit over the head by Matangi with a hot pot and a bowl.

The jury heard Ha­mon had pushed both chil­dren’s heads down a toi­let and whipped the boy with a belt. Judge McGuire said de­spite the guilty ver­dicts against him, Ha­mon con­tin­ued to main­tain his in­no­cence.

Crown pros­e­cu­tor, Chris Mack­lin, said that since the trial the boy had at­tempted to take his life. Dur­ing the trial Judge McGuire ruled the girl should not give ev­i­dence be­cause of her ‘‘ par­lous psy­cho­log­i­cal state’’.

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