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Pillow Fight Trial Thrown Out

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Pillow Fight Trial Thrown Out

Wellington, Dec 3 NZPA - The trial for a man accused of assault after allegedly hitting his nephew on the head with a sofa cushion has been thrown out by a Wellington District Court judge today just before a jury trial was set to start.

The alleged assault by George Taylor took place last New Year's Eve, following an argument about whether the boy's mother was being too overprotective of her children.

He threw a small decorative cushion at his nephew's head, and although the boy's mother did not see the incident, she called the police.

Though no injury was found on the boy from the alleged assault, the boy's mother told Wellington District Court in July, it was "definitely not" just a pillow fight.

At that hearing the boy, who was speaking from behind a protective screen shielding him from the accused, told the court the pillow-hit had not really hurt and he felt no ill-will toward his uncle.

The boy said he had been hit on the top of the head and was not sore afterward.

Today, the District Court judge blasted police as "ridiculous" and "petty", One News reported.

Mr Taylor said the whole situation was "ridiculous".

"It's just a waste of taxpayers' money, my time and (the police's time)."

The judge said the trial would potentially damage the boy and dismissal was in the overall interest of justice.

Bob McCoskrie from lobby group Family First NZ said the decision to drag an uncle through court for having a pillow fight with his nephew was an example of the "discretion" test failing and laws such as the anti-smacking law effectively targeting good parents.

"The facts of this case and the evidence presented to the police clearly shows that this was no assault yet the police proceeded with a prosecution right through to a trial by jury," Mr McCoskrie said.

 

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