Otago Daily Times

Jail term for abus­ing girl­friend

- Crime · Viral · Society · Bullying · Discrimination · Domestic Violence · Sexual Abuse · Incidents · Human Rights · Violence and Abuse

AUCK­LAND: A man who phys­i­cally and sex­u­ally abused his ex­girl­friend has been jailed for seven and a­half years.

The man, who has in­terim name sup­pres­sion, sub­jected the woman to es­ca­lat­ing abuse dur­ing a brief re­la­tion­ship de­scribed in court as volatile and toxic.

He was found guilty of two charges of sex­ual vi­o­la­tion by un­law­ful sex­ual con­nec­tion, three charges of as­sault­ing a fe­male, two of as­sault with a weapon and one of threat­en­ing to kill, af­ter a two­week trial last month at the High Court in Auck­land.

At sen­tenc­ing yes­ter­day, the woman told the court the phys­i­cal pain she en­dured paled in com­par­i­son to the emo­tional dam­age the man caused her.

She said it was only thanks to years of per­sonal and pro­fes­sional support that she was fi­nally able to speak about the abuse.

Jus­tice Brewer said it was a credit to the woman that she was now in a po­si­tion to move on with her life with a pos­i­tive out­look.

He said there were no mit­i­gat­ing fea­tures in the case and jailed the man for seven and a­half years.

At trial, the woman gave har­row­ing ev­i­dence of be­ing slapped, pushed and threat­ened with knives dur­ing her re­la­tion­ship with the man.

She said the man slapped her across the face the first time he as­saulted her and went on to push and shove her dur­ing ar­gu­ments.

The court heard he would hold knives to her throat, some­times his own, and would also lock the woman outside on their bal­cony, away from her phone, at night.

The woman re­called one night she said the man tried to kill her; chas­ing her with a knife be­fore putting her in a choke hold and de­mand­ing oral sex.

She said he threat­ened to kill her and her fam­ily if she did not com­ply and went on to force her to per­form other sex­ual acts against her will.

The court heard the woman lost more than $10,000 in sav­ings dur­ing their brief six­month re­la­tion­ship as she paid for their joint rent and ex­penses. — RNZ

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