Threatened with a rifle a boy was told he was going to be shot and buried in a forest, a jury has been told.
The claim is one of a raft of allegations against Stanley Willard Hamon, 46, and Elizabeth Tanya Matangi, 33, both of Tokoroa, in what crown prosecutor Chris Macklin calls "a case of systematic child abuse".
The pair face charges alleged to have occurred at Tokoroa, Putaruru, Rotorua and Auckland between 2000 and 2011.
In Rotorua District Court today, Matangi pleaded guilty to one charge of wilfully ill treating a child under 16 and wilfully ill treating a child in a manner that caused unnecessary suffering.
She denies three charges of assault on a child under 14 and two of using cooking pots as weapons.
She is jointly charged with Hamon of using a leather belt as a weapon.
Hamon has pleaded not guilty to threatening to kill a child, wilful ill treatment that caused unnecessary suffering, threatening to do grievous bodily harm to a child under 16 and wilful ill treatment in a manner likely to cause unnecessary suffering.
The children involved are giving evidence via closed circuit television.
Mr Macklin said Matangi hit a boy with a variety of weapons including a saucepan, plastic bowl, a metal spatula and the heel of a woman's shoe.
On one occasion both accused confronted him about telling someone about being beaten. After harsh words were exchanged Hamon brandished a rifle, telling the boy he was going to shoot him and bury him in the forest, Mr Macklin said.
He also outlined how both had also repeatedly assaulted a girl.
Hamon's assaults on her included holding a butcher's knife against her hands, saying he would cut off her fingers "and telling her that was just a taste of it", Mr Macklin said.
The trial, before Judge Chris McGuire, is expected to run until Friday.