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Couple in court after alleged Hastings park assault that left child bloodied

A photo taken after the incident showed the child with blood on his shirt. Photo / Supplied A couple have appeared in...

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A photo taken after the incident showed the child with blood on his shirt. Photo / Supplied

A couple have appeared in court after an alleged assault in a Hastings park which left a 3-year-old child bloodied.

The couple’s appearance before a registrar in the Hastings District Court followed an incident at a playground in Cornwall Park on Monday, in which a man holding a child was allegedly assaulted.

A man appeared on two charges: common assault and assaulting a child.

A woman, who identified herself in court as the man’s partner, was charged with common assault.

Both were granted interim name suppression when they appeared on Friday, and were remanded on bail to appear in court again on June 28.

A bail condition prohibited them from associating with the alleged victims.

A photo showing the boy with blood on his shirt was published online after the incident.

Meanwhile, Cherie Kurarangi is overwhelmed by the support for a playground hui she’s co-ordinating to be held at Anderson Park, Napier, on Monday, starting at 1pm.

By mid-afternoon on Friday almost 4000 people had responded to her Facebook post about the hui, and over 570 had said they had been victims-of or witnessed violence in the community.

The site also posed questions for what people wanted done, to make and keep public places safe for children, whanau and community.

Everyone will be welcomed in what she hopes will be a gang patch-free event on what is forecast to be a fine day, and she hopes chapter leaders concerned about what happened on Monday would be among speakers.



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