Boss who ‘smashed desk with a mallet’ escapes conviction

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An Aucklander who smashed a glass desk to pieces with a hammer, harming one of her employees in the process, has been discharged without conviction – but she was ordered to financially compensate the victimised worker.

The TV boss, whose name is suppressed, appeared in the Manukau District Court today, where she pleaded guilty to a charge of possessing an offensive weapon.

Judge Ida Malosi described the woman’s action of “shattering the desk with a mallet” as “falling at the lower end of the scale” in terms of victimising her colleague Dandi Wang – but the “continued taunting” of her victim had “moved to the medium level”.

The woman allegedly posted multiple posts on her social media accounts detailing what she had done.

A year after the incident, the woman posted a comment “commemorating the day of offending”.

Judge Malosi conceded that the woman had completed 35 hours of voluntary work, and had also donated $800 to charity. She also attended two psychiatry sessions, where she was taught to better manage stress.

The Judge ruled that a conviction could be detrimental to the woman’s business undertakings.

“A conviction will place a stain on your otherwise unblemished record,” she said.

“You may not be eligible to travel at short notice as business dealings sometimes demand.”

She was ordered, however, to pay $5,000 in emotional harm to Wang.
  • Katie on 6/01/2016 11:21:36 a.m.

    Very poor outcome. The fact that the manager was commemorating her act a year after the fact clearly demonstrates that there is no remorse or acknowledgement for how out of bounds her actions were. It seems to be that due to the seniority of this womans role in business that she has been allowed to get away with it - based on her annual 'celebration' she will likely be crowing about her lack of conviction and use it to justify her actions. Judge Malosi should have stepped up - not side stepped!

  • Meryl on 15/12/2015 10:33:55 a.m.

    An incredibly weak sentence. Criminal process aside, did this "TV boss" lose her job? Surely this would be grounds for dismissal.

  • Z on 6/12/2015 7:04:29 a.m.

    A ridiculous and pathetic sentence for a despicable act.

  • Tee on 27/11/2015 4:02:46 p.m.

    It is an unfair sentence for someone who is a bully of the worst degree. You can imagine what would have happened if it had been the employee who had done this. There would have been no name suppression or consideration of her ability to travel. Money and position talk

  • Stephany Mitchell on 27/11/2015 9:20:50 a.m.

    the charitable works and donations to charity seems in the judges eyes to mitigate the level of bullying that has occurred here and I'm appalled at a sentence that fails to take into account the real impact on the victim

  • Theresa on 26/11/2015 5:42:05 p.m.

    I feel that the sentencing is not adequate to deal with what she has done. If it was anyone else they would be convicted and regardless of whether it will hinder there search for a job or new job.

  • Anne Harnett on 26/11/2015 4:54:57 p.m.

    I don't think the sentence is adequate. That behaviour is appalling and could have resulted in serious injuries to anyone in the vicinity. Would an employee doing the same thing have resulted in the same sentence from the court.

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