Mum jailed for egging on sons to at­tack

Judge hands Shelford seven-year sen­tence for en­cour­ag­ing vi­cious as­sault on man

The Northern Advocate - - Local News - By Im­ran Ali

Dei­dre Shelford egged her sons on to con­tinue as­sault­ing a man whose in­juries were so se­ri­ous he couldn’t walk, talk or recog­nise his own daugh­ter.

The 55-year-old Whanga¯rei mother was jailed by the Whanga¯rei Dis­trict Court to seven years’ im­pris­on­ment fol­low­ing lengthy prison sen­tences handed to her two sons for the vi­cious at­tack in Otan­garei on Jan­uary 8, 2017.

Un­like her sons, who pleaded guilty, she was found guilty by a jury on one charge of in­tent to cause griev­ous bod­ily harm caused griev­ous bod­ily harm.

Her son Tan­garoa Sa­muels, 20, king hit Shane Lemon across the back of his head with a plank of wood out­side the Otan­garei house where the lat­ter lived with his partner and three grand­chil­dren.

Af­ter he was hit, Lemon’s head struck the con­crete drive­way and he be­gan to con­vulse.

Tan­garoa Sa­muels was jailed for nine years and six months while his brother Fred­er­ick Sa­muels got eight years.

Shelford was ei­ther sit­ting in a car or stand­ing close to it when she yelled at Tan­garoa Sa­muels: “Get him my son, get him. Pack him, my son, pack him up.”

Sen­tenc­ing her, Judge Keith de Rid­der said it was highly un­likely her son would have de­liv­ered the blow had Shelford not en­cour­aged him.

“You did noth­ing to stop your sons from as­sault­ing Mr Lemon. In fact, it was quite the op­po­site. You egged them on, en­cour­aged and pro­vided ver­bal sup­port,” the judge said.

He said wit­nesses at her trial gave ev­i­dence Shelford used a va­ri­ety of words that in­cited her sons to at­tack Mr Lemon.

The violent at­tack was sparked when Lemon’s spe­cial needs brother was in­tox­i­cated and stood at the front of the prop­erty on Wil­liam Jones Dr, yelling abuse at pass­ing ve­hi­cles.

Fred­er­ick Sa­muels was driv­ing past and stopped his ve­hi­cle, got out and be­came in­volved in an ar­gu­ment.

Fred­er­ick Sa­muels left but re­turned with his brother and mother a short time later in three ve­hi­cles.

Judge de Rid­der said Lemon came out, apol­o­gised to the broth­ers, and urged them to leave.

He said Fred­er­ick Sa­muels handed a piece of tim­ber to his brother who swore at and threat­ened Lemon.

As Lemon turned to speak to a fam­ily mem­ber, Tan­garoa Sa­muels swung the tim­ber across the back of Lemon’s head.

He was rushed to Whangarei Hos­pi­tal but soon flown to Auck­land where he had surgery to alleviate the bleed­ing and pres­sure on his brain.

Judge de Rid­der said Lemon’s life had changed for­ever.

He de­clined an ap­pli­ca­tion by Crown lawyer Trelise Need­ham for min­i­mum pe­riod of im­pris­on­ment to be im­posed given the na­ture of the of­fend­ing.

De­fence lawyer Arthur Fair­ley said Dei­dre was re­morse­ful and had sub­mit­ted a let­ter to court in which she said she felt sorry for Lemon.

Dei­dre Shelford has been jailed for seven years for en­cour­ag­ing her sons to con­tinue as­sault­ing a man.

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