14 Feb 2020

Govt urged to monitor under-5s after boy severely beaten

From Checkpoint, 6:06 pm on 14 February 2020

Calls tonight for the government to introduce a strict monitoring regime for all under five years old in NZ in the wake of a four-year-old Flaxmere boy being brutally beaten two weeks ago.

The recommendation was originally made by Coroner Wallace Bain following the brutal murder of Rotorua toddler Nia Glassie who suffered appalling abuse including being spun in a clothes dryer.

Judge Bain repeated the recommendation for compulsory registration and monitoring of children up to the age of five including scheduled and unscheduled home visits - in his report into the death Moko Rangitoheriri - another toddler brutally abused and tortured.

Scott Guthrie is the CEO of Transforming Justice - a foundation focused on rehabilitation and fairness for victims.

He says Coroners' recommendations are gathering dust while successive governments fail to act.