Western Leader : February 9th 2012
www.westernleader.co.nz 3 WESTERN LEADER, FEBRUARY 9, 2012 NEWS 4321108AD 24 Bruce McLaren Road Henderson, 09 8386561 Why buy new? Reupholster your favourite chair or suite. www.crestfurniture.co.nz ALL SCATTER CUSHIONS ON SALE SALE Quality Summer Fashion Mon - Thurs 9.30am - 5.30pm Fri 9.30am - 6pm Sat 9.30am - 2pm Ph 626 5633 CLEARANCE wonderful reductions to make way for our New Autumn Ranges of 561 Blockhouse Bay Road The Village (opposite the Library) 4356913AA Father played games during abuse A man who played video games while his partner abused their nine-year-old daughter has been jailed. The 32-year-old father was sentenced in the Auckland Dis- trict Court on Tuesday to three years in jail with a minimum non- parole period of two years. The girl s mother had earlier pleaded guilty to 25 child abuse charges and was sentenced in December to seven-and-a-half years jail with a non-parole period of five years. It s under- stood she plans to appeal her sen- tence. Police found the girl hiding in a cupboard in her west Auckland house on November 15, 2010. She was starving, dehydrated, bruised and was suffering from broken bones and anaemia from internal bleeding. The girl had been in Child, Youth and Family (CYF) care most of her life and returned to live with her parents in 2008. In November her father, who has been granted name sup- pression to protect his daughter s identity, pleaded guilty to two rep- resentative charges -- one of assault, which included smacking, slapping and kneeing his daugh- ter, and one of wilfully allowing her to be ill-treated and failing to seek medical treatment. Judge Brooke Gibson said the abuse started almost immedi- ately after the girl came to live with her parents, and while the man had not meted out the most violence, he equally had not done anything to intervene. You stood by and allowed those and many other injuries to be inflicted, Judge Gibson said. The father also hit the child in a way that was unacceptable and deliberately concealed the situ- ation from the child s school. Lawyer Brenda Donald said her client had tried to stop his partner from abusing the young girl. She said he was caught between try- ing to control his daughter s dis- turbing behaviour and getting through to his partner. In sentencing the man Judge Gibson said he wanted to send a clear message to people who stood by and did nothing to intervene. It is clear that your daughter is unable to understand why she was tortured, and that is the appropriate word for it. You didn t do your duty as a parent. -- Fairfax NZ News Set to go Coast to Coast Coasting along: Christina Sabin has spent months training on bikes and kayaks in preparation for the Coast to Coast. Inset: Sabin approaches the finish line in 2010. Main photo: TUREI MACKEY By TUREI MACKEY THERE will be no time for a birthday cake this week for Christina Sabin. The Henderson resident, who s about to turn 56, will instead celebrate by running in her third Coast to Coast tomorrow. The multisport race begins on the west coast of the South Island and ends in Christ- church with participants run- ning, cycling and kayaking through rugged terrain. Christina, a social worker at Waitakere Hospital, isn t worried about conditions that would scare most people. My daughter thinks I should be taking it easy. But Coast to Coast is the ultimate race and completing it gives you the most amazing buzz. Plus the scenery is stunning and you kayak down rivers that the average person would never get the chance to see. It was her daughter Sara who got Christina hooked on endurance racing back in 2005 when the pair planned to compete in a triathlon together. But two days before the race I didn t want to do it any more so she did it by herself, Sara says. She must have really enjoyed it because she has since done all these other events. It is amazing to see my mum doing things I wouldn t do and I m 22. Christina has done the 243km event twice before. The first time in 2008 I was really green and the sec- ond attempt in 2010 was when the weather bomb hit and the kayaking section was cancelled. So this time I want to really do the entire course in a personal best time. She has already done two practice runs through the Southern Alps and has been getting some tips from one of the country s most successful triathletes, Sam Warriner. The past three months I have been working off a pro- gramme organised by her. Sam is really good at little pep talks and we skype a lot about how I am doing. I have had coaches before but never a female so it is nice to have a woman s per- spective on things. Ms Sabin doesn t know if she will attempt a fourth Coast to Coast in the future but sees another adventure on the horizon. I would like to do some biking overseas, maybe across the United States. I just want to explore. Payout for lost finger A man who lost the tip of his finger while working at a Te Atatu Peninsula factory has been awarded $7500 in repar- ation. The contractor was work- ing at Tasti Products, which produces snack and muesli bars, in September 2010 when his finger came into contact with the blade of a peel dicer machine which didn t have an adequate guard. The company was fined $28,125 plus reparation in the Waitakere District Court on February 3. Department of Labour northern general manager John Howard says the man was trying to clear peels from an opening at the bottom of the machine when his left index finger came into con- tact with the blade. His finger was amputated below the fingernail. This injury could have been avoided if there had been a guard fitted. Tasti Products chief execu- tive Bryce Howard says before the accident the firm had introduced additional safety training programmes. Since the accident Tasti has spent tens of thousands of dollars on workplace improvements and employed a fulltime health and safety manager.
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