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Weekly Media Roundup

November 06, 2015 at 1:12 PM

Hunt for armed and dangerous man after sword attack on woman:

South Auckland man alleged to have attacked a woman with a ceremonial sword in Hamilton was under the care of a forensic mental health service.

The man, of Pukekohe, was under the care of the Mason Clinic run by the Waitemata District Health Board last night when he attacked a woman in her Sadler St home.



Women who burnt child's hands assaulted brother:

A woman jailed last month for deliberately burning her child's hands has had two years added to her prison term after being found guilty of a vicious assault on her brother.

The woman, whose name is suppressed to protect the identity of her victims, was sentenced today in the Wellington District Court on one charge of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.



$742,000 grant leaves vice-chancellor 'delighted'

Research led by University of Otago vice-chancellor Prof Harlene Hayne is likely to further clarify how children's testimony should be presented in court, in child abuse cases.

Prof Hayne was ''absolutely delighted'' to gain the $742,000 Marsden Fund grant, which is expected to make ''an important contribution to the New Zealand justice system''.



Judge says Hawera case highlights NZ's ongoing domestic violence problem:

A judge has described a Hawera man's violent assault on his wife as "inexcusable."

Judge Allan Roberts said Lincoln Fisher's behaviour was another example of the prevalence of the family violence problem in New Zealand.

"Family violence is not and never will be, okay.

Nonetheless it continues unabated. No change is brought about even with extensive, and expensive, campaigns," Roberts said.

Fisher pleaded guilty to a charge of male assaults female at an earlier court appearance.

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Girl, 5, was sleeping while killer murdered her mother:

The daughter of murdered mum Victoria Foster is thought to have slept through the tragedy unaware of what was unfolding in their Westshore home last week.

Detective Senior Sergeant Mike Foster, of Hawke's Bay CIB, said that when police went to the scene on The Esplanade on the night of Labour Day, they found just the mother and daughter Madison.


Surge in registrations for WINZ family violence programme:

At the end of June, 13,666 beneficiaries were part of Work and Income's family violence programme - up nearly 50 percent from 2011.

But anti-violence group Shine's executive director Jane Drumm said she was stunned the list was not longer, because domestic abuse was a fast road to the benefit queue.


See also:

Govt can help victims of domestic violence stay in work


Pakistan woman 'set on fire for refusing marriage proposal' dies:

A young Pakistani woman died on Tuesday after a rejected suitor set her ablaze for refusing his marriage proposal, a doctor said.

Sonia Bibi, 20, was admitted to hospital last month, where she told police that her former lover Latif Ahmed had doused her with petrol and set her alight after she turned down his proposal.



PNG failing on family violence:

The country's lack of action is the subject of a report due to be released this week.

The NGO says that despite the government passing family protection laws two years ago little has changed.

The Act gives police more power and sets penalties of up to two years in prison.









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