A District Court judge has questioned why three intellectually disabled Timaru men have been brought before the court, charged with minor assaults.
Mark David Irving, 50, Lance Peter Hayward, 29, and Scott Francis Murray, 31, who are all under the care of South Canterbury's Idea Services, appeared in the Timaru District Court this week.
Judge Phil Moran questioned why they had been brought into the criminal justice procedure, and described it as "very sad and distasteful".
While the summary of facts was not read it is understood the assaults were minor, such as one knocking off the glasses of their caregiver.
Murray has also been charged with intentional damage after breaking crockery plates belonging to Idea Services.
Defence counsel Christie O'Driscoll, who was acting for Murray, was unable to take instructions from him and asked for a remand without plea.
All three men were remanded at large until October 13 for a report which will assess whether or not they are fit to make a plea.
Next question: Why haven't Ideal Services trained their caregivers on how to deal with stroppy "clients"?
Perhaps they all need to sit down and watch The Politically Incorrect Parenting Show.