Anthony McBride appeared before Justice of Peace John Kenning, pleading guilty to one count of breach of interim non-molestation order. The incident occurred on April 4.
Defendant’s lawyer Mark Short told the court in his submissions that based on evidence, McBride had gone to his children’s home because they had been left unsupervised.
Short said McBride’s daughter had called her father for assistance, and he had performed a good deed to be with his children.
Senior police prosecution officer, Inspector Fairoa Taroro said McBride’s ex-wife felt her 14-year-old daughter was capable of looking after her sibling while she went out and she had expected to return around 10.30pm.
Short said the defendant was in fact with his children until 2.30am when his ex-wife arrived home. JP Kenning sentenced McBride with a fine and stated that he was satisfied with the evidence provided by Short.
In other court matters, Seth Love pleaded guilty for one count of assault on a female. JP Kenning adjourned the matter to August 11 and ordered a probation report.
Among the 46 matters called before JP Kenning were 25 miscellaneous and minor offences such as driving with no warrant of fitness and eight-driving related charges. There were four cases of assaults on females and two cases of theft and burglary and fighting in a public place.