Two small boys have shown "remarkable resilience" after enduring years of serious violence at the hands of their caregiver, a court has been told.
The caregiver, 60-year-old Shahidan Nisha, appeared upset throughout her Christchurch District Court sentencing on 27 charges by Judge Alistair Garland on Friday.
She was jailed for eight years and nine months for abuse that involved burning one boy's tongue with a hot spoon handle, burning his cheek with a heated poker, and forcing him to eat 12 hot chilli peppers which left his mouth burned and numb for days.
It also involved daily beatings using household implements, sticks, and a belt, for one of the boys for about eight years, and less frequent beatings for his younger brother.
The woman was also found guilty of repeated assaults on an elderly man – now aged in his 80s and so affected by Alzheimer's disease so that he could not give evidence at trial.
Crown prosecutor Kathy Basire said the boys – now aged 17 and 13 – had shown "remarkable resilience".
"It is hoped that in future years they will be able to recover from the offending," she said.
The victims had suffered more than physical harm from the impact of the offending. Witnesses had painted a clear and distressing picture of the lives the boys were leading.
"They suffered psychological effects for a long period. For the children, the offending impacted every area of their live including their abilities to make friends, and that continues."
Defence counsel Arlan Arman urged the judge to take account of Nisha's age and her good character up until this time in her life.
Date of Birth
1955 (D.O.B. is approximate)
Three Strikes Status
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Boys prove 'resilient' after enduring years of violence
OFFENCES / CONVICTIONS
|Event Date||Event||Court Location||Offence Type||Offence Date||Committed While||Sentence Imposed|
|30-8-2016||Appeal hearing||Supreme Court (Wellington)||Assault on a child||8 Years, 9 Months, Imprisonment||▼|