9 Oct 2009

Mother found guilty of assaulting young sons

5:56 pm on 9 October 2009

A woman has been convicted in the Dunedin District Court on Friday of assaulting her three young sons with weapons including a belt, a fibreglass rod and a jug cord.

The boys were aged two, six and eight when the abuse began in 2006.

The Crown said the abuse occurred in Napier, Gisborne and Invercargill and continued until 2008.

On Friday a jury found the mother guilty of 10 of the 12 assault charges she faced.

The woman, 41, cannot be named to protect the identity of her sons.

Judge Stephen O'Driscoll denied the woman bail, saying it was highly likely that she would face a prison term.

The woman will be sentenced on 30 November.