Sex as­sault on jog­ger brings jail

The New Zealand Herald - - News - Sam Hur­ley court

Aman who dragged an Auck­land jog­ger into bushes be­fore stran­gling and sex­u­ally as­sault­ing her has been jailed.

Avin Ivory Lock ap­peared in the Auck­land District Court yes­ter­day after plead­ing guilty to as­sault with in­tent to com­mit sex­ual vi­o­la­tion.

De­spite Lock hav­ing a lengthy crim­i­nal his­tory, Judge Rus­sell Collins was the first judge to jail him.

The judge de­clined a Herald ap­pli­ca­tion to pho­to­graph Lock for pub­lic safety and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion rea­sons.

Po­lice ar­rested the 33-year-old after a woman was at­tacked on

May 11. She was run­ning about 5am on a track along­side Auck­land’s North­ern Mo­tor­way.

Lock pushed her and dragged her into bushes near St Marys Rd. Her face was pinned to the ground as he stran­gled her and be­gan sex­u­ally as­sault­ing her, the court heard. She pleaded with him not to kill her — he said he wouldn’t if she stayed silent.

A cy­clist saw Lock, heard screams and chased him away. Lock jumped a fence and ran in the di­rec­tion of Swift Ave and Hack­ett St, through the back of sev­eral prop­er­ties.

The woman’s vic­tim-im­pact state­ment was read to the court yes­ter­day. The PhD student said she suf­fered a con­cus­sion and nerve dam­age in the at­tack — and had flash­backs, headaches, nau­sea and dif­fi­culty sleep­ing.

“The ac­tiv­ity I loved of run­ning in the place I was at­tacked and harmed is no longer an en­joy­able ex­pe­ri­ence,” she said. “I have not felt safe since the in­ci­dent. I love Auck­land yet my hus­band and I will most likely move as a re­sult of this in­ci­dent.” The vic­tim had been forced to take time off work and her stud­ies, while a post-study grant was in jeop­ardy.

Lock was ar­rested after a DNA match, the court heard. His lawyer, Adam Hol­land, said Lock was so­cially iso­lated. At the time of the at­tack he was home­less and un­der the in­flu­ence of meth.

Lock faced other charges. He ad­mit­ted be­ing un­law­fully on prop­erty, while a charge of of­fen­sive be­hav­iour was dis­missed. He had 41 pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions, 18 for bur­glary, which had re­sulted in 16 sen­tences, from 2002 to 2017.

Judge Collins said a min­i­mum pe­riod of im­pris­on­ment was needed to pro­tect the pub­lic. A pre-sen­tence re­port said Lock had a high-risk of re­of­fend­ing. He will serve at least two years and seven months of his four years and three month sen­tence.

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