James Ihaka

James Ihaka is a Herald reporter based in Hamilton.

Trio deny supplying alcohol to drunk 9-year-old

Three adults allegedly gave the boy eight RTDs and two shots of liquor.
Three adults allegedly gave the boy eight RTDs and two shots of liquor.

Two men and a woman have pleaded not guilty for giving alcohol to a nine-year-old who appeared drunk at a Hamilton skate park.

Michael King, Lucy Snowden and Kali Tiloi were excused from appearing in person at Hamilton District Court yesterday each charged with supplying alcohol to a nine-year-old.

Their lawyers confirmed they had earlier entered not guilty pleas.

The trio, whose names have not been published before, received public attention after a bystander put footage of the boy, seemingly drunk, at Fairfield Park in January on You Tube.

The boy's father had earlier welcomed the charges being laid against the trio by police.

Judge David Ruth ordered them to appear on 12 June for a hearing, set-out for a day.

Under the charge they face they can only be fined and not serve a term of imprisonment.

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