At­tacker jailed for sex­ual as­sault of jog­ger

Taranaki Daily News - - National News - Ca­trin Owen

A man who dragged, choked and sex­u­ally as­saulted a jog­ger in St Mary’s Bay in Auck­land has been sen­tenced to four years and three months in jail.

Avin Ivory Lock, from Hen­der­son, pre­vi­ously pleaded guilty to as­sault with in­tent to com­mit sex­ual vi­o­la­tion.

On May 11, a woman was jog­ging on a track along­side the north­ern mo­tor­way, head­ing to­wards Auck­land’s cen­tral city, when the 33-year-old grabbed her and dragged her into some bushes.

He then choked her and be­gan sex­u­ally as­sault­ing her.

A pass­ing cy­clist went to help af­ter see­ing Lock’s naked bot­tom and hear­ing the vic­tim’s muf­fled screams.

The cy­clist then chased the flee­ing of­fender and the vic­tim scaled a 3-me­tre-high fence to get away.

On May 15, po­lice re­leased CCTV footage and Lock was taken in to cus­tody three days later.

On Thurs­day, Judge Rus­sell Collins sen­tenced Lock to four years and three months im­pris­on­ment at the Auck­land Dis­trict Court.

The crown pros­e­cu­tor told the court that Lock tack­led and pinned the vic­tim in a way that she had no way to de­fend her­self.

The vic­tim, whose iden­tity is sup­pressed, has lived in New Zealand in five years and is mar­ried to a Kiwi.

Af­ter the at­tack, she suf­fered from con­cus­sion and nerve dam­age in her hand, shoul­der and arm.

Adam Hol­land, on be­half of Lock, said he fully ac­cepted his ac­tions on that day were ‘‘atro­cious’’.

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