Co­matose man mo­lested

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A drunken din­ner party turned sin­is­ter when a young man in­de­cently as­saulted his co­matose friend, Porirua Dis­trict Court heard last Tues­day.

Ti­tahi Bay man­ager Matthew Derek Pritchard, 24, was con­victed of in­de­cent as­sault for the April 2012 in­ci­dent.

He will serve six months’ com­mu­nity de­ten­tion and 18 months’ in­ten­sive su­per­vi­sion, do 200 hours of com­mu­nity work and un­der­take a sex­ual of­fend­ers’ re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion pro­gramme.

The male vic­tim was present at court last week, sup­ported by his mother and a friend.

Pritchard was hav­ing din­ner with the vic­tim and an­other per­son be­fore the as­sault hap­pened, Judge John Walker said in his sen­tenc­ing sum­mary.

Af­ter din­ner he and the vic­tim were sit­ting on a bed or couch drink­ing whiskey. The vic­tim passed out, and later woke to find his pants taken down.

Pritchard was touch­ing the vic- tim’s gen­i­tals in a ‘‘ sex­u­ally in­ti­mate way’’ and put the vic­tim’s hand down his own pants, Judge Walker said.

The vic­tim was con­scious of what was hap­pen­ing, but was too drunk to move.

Pritchard’s vic­tim was vul­ner­a­ble be­cause of his in­tox­i­ca­tion, and had been se­ri­ously af­fected by the as­sault, Judge Walker said.

‘‘He might never be able to for- get what oc­curred. You’re re­spon­si­ble for all of those ef­fects which he must carry for a sub­stan­tial pe­riod of time.’’

Pritchard seemed to have a ten­dency to act in­ap­pro­pri­ately when drunk, Judge Walker said.

‘‘ What­ever in­hi­bi­tions you might have had were re­moved by your drunk­en­ness, while your in­hi­bi­tions should nor­mally reg­u­late your be­hav­iour.’’

Pritchard will be un­able to drink al­co­hol dur­ing his com­mu­nity de­ten­tion and will be cur­fewed to his home from 8.30pm till 7am. Those re­stric­tions are de­signed to re­move so­cial­is­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties, Judge Walker said.

The se­ri­ous­ness of Pritchard’s of­fence was bal­anced in sen­tenc­ing by his young age, guilty plea and lack of a pre­vi­ous con­vic­tion, Judge Walker said.

Pritchard will be mon­i­tored ev­ery three months dur­ing his su­per­vi­sion pe­riod, and if his be­hav­iour is un­sat­is­fac­tory he will be re­called to court.

Plant­ing: Ranui Res­i­dents As­so­ci­a­tion co-chair Cheryl Brown puts in an olive tree dur­ing the re­cent plant­ing day.

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