Victim grateful to trust
A rape victim says the Sensible Sentencing Trust has supported her through her recovery.
Paula Hastings was viciously attacked and raped outside a Te Aroha rugby club in 1996. Her attacker was sentenced to 15 years and another eight years for rendering incapable of resistance but because New Zealand has concurrent sentences he only had to serve the 15 years, she said.
‘‘So to me he got the beating for free.’’
To add insult to injury her attacker then successfully reduced his sentence to 12 years at appeal.
She agreed with SST’s push for concurrent sentences instead of cumulative sentences, meaning an offender would have their sentences added together, instead of having them run along side each other.
Although SST was not yet formed when her case went to court, the trust has since helped to support her issues like yearly parole hearings.
‘‘Victim Support can help you at the time of the crime but parole hearings are not what they are there for and SST can help you with that.’’