National lifesaving champion Kane Sefton, who is 17, was competing at the Australia Surf Life Saving championships recently when he threw a tub of coleslaw out the window of a moving car, and hit the girl.
He was ordered to pay $750 for ‘public nuisance and wilful damage’ according to the New Zealand Herald, but the father of the un-named girl said Sefton had made no effort to apologise in person, which he considered poor form.
The father said his girl was still shaken up by the event, and he had no sympathy for Sefton’s social media predicament: “Not once has the offender reached out to our family to apologise.
“His lawyer came out and said the public shaming he has had through social media has had a big impact on his life.
“He’s not the victim, the poor little 4-year-old girl who keeps bringing up the time someone threw ‘yucky stuff all over me’ is the victim.
“The dad who is now always conscious of where he parks the car and conscious of opening the door to let his children out, is the victim.
“Not some gutless guy who thinks throwing a whole container of coleslaw out of a moving vehicle smashing all over a 4-year-old girl and her father.
“For him to not offer one apology to our family just shows how gutless he really is.
“The container exploded on impact. People in their house over 100 metres away came over saying it sounded like a beer bottle had exploded.
“Shards of plastic and coleslaw smashed all over my 4-year-old daughter and myself. The container was almost unrecognisable.
“My wife thought we had been side swiped by a car. And he is upset about a public shaming on social media? Really?”
Magistrate Haydn Stjernqvist said to Sefton upon sentencing at the Maroochydore Magistrates Court: “This would be something you wouldn’t be repeating in the future.”