Breaker of baby's legs back in court

By MARK STORY

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A Hastings father has appeared in court a week after avoiding jail for breaking his 4-month-old daughter's legs.

James Robert Hall appeared in the Hastings District Court yesterday facing one charge of breaching community work after an alleged breach in November last year.

It's understood the 80 hours of community work was ordered after he was convicted on two counts of sustained loss of traction and one of dangerous driving on August 30 last year.

He entered no plea and will appear again next month.

His appearance yesterday came just eight days into a 12-month home detention sentence imposed after he was convicted for assaulting his daughter and fracturing her legs in five places.

The baby was admitted to hospital in March last year, and staff found both femurs broken and a historic fracture to her left shin.

The sentence, imposed by Justice Mary Peters, was later described as "pathetic" by Sensible Sentencing Trust spokesman Garth McVicar.

"The sentence is not just about the offender, it's about the wider ramifications, and judges should be leading from the front," Mr McVicar said.

- Hawkes Bay Today

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