Woman charged over alleged contact with children

Court House-general1A woman forbidden to have any contact with children as part of her prison release conditions has been charged with two breaches.

Margaret Mabel Dodds, 59, a resident at the Seager Clinic at Princess Margaret Hospital, was granted a registrar’s remand on the two charges at the Christchurch District Court today.

She was released from a jail term on September 10, according to the two charges, with conditions that she was not to associate with any person aged 16 or younger.

The Department of Corrections alleges she breached the condition on January 22 by having a conversation with a boy aged five years, and on February 4 by approaching and following two young children at the hospital.

Dodds has entered no pleas to the charges. The registrar’s remand meant she did not need to appear in court. She was remanded on bail to March 23 to get legal advice.



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