The Herald reports:
Jim McCorkindale, 70, of Gore in Southland, told the Weekend Herald that while dropping off children last July, he saw two boys pulling the hair of a girl and got out of his driver’s seat to try to stop it.
“I went over and touched the boy on the arm to attract his attention, and that was the assault.”
When the boy did not respond to being told to stop, “I threatened to hit him in the ribs, and he flinched and let the kid’s hair go to protect his ribs”, Mr McCorkindale said.
“But I never touched him again.”
The boy had continued misbehaving after Mr McCorkindale returned to his seat.
Children on the bus called the police and he found officers waiting to talk to him when he finished his run.
When police rejected the option of diversion, Mr McCorkindale received a court summons.
Amazing. If the boys are assaulting the young girl in question, he had every right to intervene to protect her.
What were the Police thinking?
But in the Gore District Court, Judge Kevin Phillips threw out the charge.
Instead, he told the boy he should be “thoroughly ashamed” of himself and had a policeman take him to the cells, the Southland Times reported.
Clap clap clap. Bet you he was smirking the whole time, until that happened.
Well done Judge Phillips.