It is very difficult to accept that this case is fair justice. A doctor on significant assault charges has been discharged without conviction so there is no adverse affect on his employment. NZ Herald reports in Would-be surgeon avoids wife-bashing conviction:
“It seems to me your behaviour was out of character, with a background of particular stress, both marital and personal, and I accept Mr Schulze’s submission that you are at a low risk of reoffending.
“It is fair to say any conviction is going to impact adversely on your employment.”
Judge Cooper discharged Rose without conviction and ordered him to pay $3000 to the prosecution.
Oliver Rose appeared in the Rotorua District Court on three charges of assaulting a female, all relating to his wife. The three offences which Rose had pleaded guilty to in August.
- In January this year, Rose dragged his wife outside to the ground where he repeatedly kicked her in the back of the leg, leaving her with serious bruises.
- In February, Rose had grabbed his wife by her hair and repeatedly slapped her on both sides of her face.
- In June, Rose threatened his wife, saying he would kill her if she had been with another man. He pushed her to the bed then held a beanie over her face.
That sounds serious to me.
Rose suspected his wife was having an affair, which led to his developing a relationship outside his marriage.
The suspicions of a violently jealous husband ‘led to’ him being a cheating prick – dreadful behaviour and a dreadful excuse for more dreadful behaviour.
The judge accepted Rose was “at a low risk of reoffending” – what if he becomes stressed again? What if he becomes jealous again?
Not even an insistence that Rose take measures to address his violent tendencies.
Are doctors exempt normal standards of responsibility and justice?