Breached conditions on her release from prison

A mum jailed for two years in 2016 for manslaughter of her seven-week-old baby, has appeared in Gisborne District Court for breaching her release conditions.

Myra Ann Paea, 21, of Tolaga Bay, pleaded guilty and was sentenced by Judge Josephine Boushier to 40 hours of community work.

The charge related to April 6, when Paea failed to report to the probation service. It followed a final warning she received about her non-compliance since her release.

Earlier this month she was remanded overnight in custody after failing to appear at earlier hearings for the charge.

She is required to report once a week to the probation service.

In court this week, a probation officer told the judge Paea had since re-engaged with the service. Community work would be a suitable penalty.

Paea was 18 in December 2014 when, home alone with her seven-week-old baby son Milton, she shook him and caused head injuries from which he died the following day.

In three separate instances that day Paea, angry when he would not stop crying or settle, rocked him to the point she was shaking him.

At her sentencing in the High Court in April 2016, Justice Venning said such offending was all too common. Defenceless infants were killed by young and inadequate parents who did not have sufficient skills or maturity to enable them to cope with the responsibilities and demands of parenthood, despite the resources available for support in such cases.

Paea gave birth to another son in February 2016.

A mum jailed for two years in 2016 for manslaughter of her seven-week-old baby, has appeared in Gisborne District Court for breaching her release conditions.

Myra Ann Paea, 21, of Tolaga Bay, pleaded guilty and was sentenced by Judge Josephine Boushier to 40 hours of community work.

The charge related to April 6, when Paea failed to report to the probation service. It followed a final warning she received about her non-compliance since her release.

Earlier this month she was remanded overnight in custody after failing to appear at earlier hearings for the charge.

She is required to report once a week to the probation service.

In court this week, a probation officer told the judge Paea had since re-engaged with the service. Community work would be a suitable penalty.

Paea was 18 in December 2014 when, home alone with her seven-week-old baby son Milton, she shook him and caused head injuries from which he died the following day.

In three separate instances that day Paea, angry when he would not stop crying or settle, rocked him to the point she was shaking him.

At her sentencing in the High Court in April 2016, Justice Venning said such offending was all too common. Defenceless infants were killed by young and inadequate parents who did not have sufficient skills or maturity to enable them to cope with the responsibilities and demands of parenthood, despite the resources available for support in such cases.

Paea gave birth to another son in February 2016.

Poll

  • Voting please wait...
    Your vote has been cast. Reloading page...
    ​​If the council does proceed with an online voting option for the 2019 election, will you likely vote online or by ballot paper?