Cassandra Renia Tewhei Albert
Nelson Mail article 15th May 2009
A Motueka mother has admitted intentionally hurting her baby son, which led to the boy sustaining severe permanent brain damage. Cassandra Albert, 21, pleaded guilty to one charge of failing to provide the necessities of life for her four-month-old son when she appeared in the Nelson District Court yesterday. Albert also pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of causing grievous bodily harm to the baby with reckless disregard for his safety. A previous charge of wounding with intent was dropped. The court previously heard Albert's son suffered serious non-accidental injuries including a fractured skull and brain damage over Labour Weekend last year.
Help was not sought for the baby for more than eight hours even though the baby was suffering seizures and sweating so badly his clothes needed changing at least three times during the day to keep him comfortable. Lawyer John Sandston said Albert wanted it recorded she was extremely sorry for what had happened. Her guilty pleas were entered on the final day of a depositions hearing yesterday, after a hearing last month was adjourned until yesterday. Albert was jointly charged with intentionally injuring her son and failing to provide the necessities of life for him with her partner and the baby's father, Newton Samuel Moki, 30.
Moki admitted failing to provide the necessities of life to his son in the Blenheim District Court on Monday. A charge against him of wounding with intent was dropped. Justices of the Peace Harry Baigent and Cathy Night remanded Albert on bail for sentencing on July 22. Moki is to be sentenced at the same time.
Nelson Mail story 30th August 2013
A Nelson woman who drove her car into her uncle, crushing him against a pole and severing his right leg, has been found guilty of causing grievous bodily harm. After a four-day trial in Nelson a jury today found Cassandra Renia Tewhei Albert, 26, guilty of causing grievous bodily harm with a reckless disregard for the safety of her uncle, Robert Albert. It found her not guilty of the more serious charge of causing him grievous bodily harm with the intention of doing so. The jury took five hours to reach its decision. Albert will be sentenced on November 19.
The charges related to a dramatic incident in August last year when Albert, the driver of a car along Wakefield Quay, drove her car into her uncle. Albert later went to the Nelson police station with family members to hand herself in. The court had heard the incident stemmed from a dispute involving the payment of rent at a house the pair lived in. Robert Albert had his portion of the rent money, but had fallen victim to an online scam, and was preparing to send the money to the scammer, with Albert trying to prevent him from doing so. Judge Denys Barry gave his summing up of the case today, telling the jury the core issues in the trial revolved around the aspects of intention or conscious appreciation of risk.
It was not in contention that Albert had driven her car into her uncle, causing him grievous bodily harm, rather whether the Crown had proven that she did so deliberately, either with intention to cause harm or with a reckless disregard at the possibility. The jury needed to look at the context surrounding the actions to draw logical inferences as to Albert's intention. But they could not make speculation, he said. The Crown said her intention to cause deliberate harm, or her reckless disregard for the possibility, was clear from the surrounding context. The defence said it was unclear what her intention was, and the jury could not infer any intention to cause serious lasting harm from her actions.
Date of Birth
Grievous bodily harm to her baby son in October 2008
Also failing to provide the necessities of life
Grievous bodily harm to her uncle in August 2012
Three Strikes Status
Sentenced to 3 years 9 months in July 2009
Sentenced to another 3 years in January 2014
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