Pre­ven­tive de­ten­tion for sex­ual of­fender

Hawke's Bay Today - - Nation - Kurt Bayer

A se­rial sex­ual de­viant who has preyed on women and chil­dren for three decades was yes­ter­day sen­tenced to pre­ven­tive de­ten­tion.

The 52-year-old Can­ter­bury man, who can­not be named for le­gal rea­sons, was found guilty of rap­ing a woman on a weekly ba­sis over six months in 2012.

He was ear­lier found guilty by a jury in the High Court at Christchurch on two rep­re­sen­ta­tive charges of rape and one rep­re­sen­ta­tive charge of un­law­ful sex­ual con­nec­tion against the woman.

She has been left suf­fer­ing from post-trau­matic stress dis­or­der, de­pres­sion and panic at­tacks.

“You took away my dig­nity. This will haunt me for the rest of my life,” said the woman, who has name sup­pres­sion.

Yes­ter­day, the Crown pushed for a sen­tence of pre­ven­tive de­ten­tion, ar­gu­ing it was nec­es­sary to pro­tect the com­mu­nity.

Crown pros­e­cu­tor Mitchell McCle­naghan said the man has been of­fend­ing sex­u­ally for more than 30 years

He had shown “no real re­morse” or un­der­stand­ing of con­sent. His first con­vic­tion for sex­ual of­fend­ing was in 1989 and he has pre­vi­ous his­tory for child sex of­fences against boys and girls.

His pat­tern of of­fend­ing shows he forms in­ti­mate re­la­tion­ships be­fore prey­ing on their vul­ner­a­bil­ity and sex­u­ally of­fend­ing against them, the court heard.

McCle­naghan noted that the only group he hasn’t preyed against is adult males.

The man, who had been abused as a child, is as­sessed as be­ing a medium-to-high risk re­of­fender, with the court hear­ing he is “strongly driven by sex­ual de­viancy”.

Jus­tice Cameron Man­der con­cluded the man was el­i­gi­ble for a sen­tence of pre­ven­tive de­ten­tion, high­light­ing the man’s con­tin­ued de­nials and lack of in­sight.

The judge said a sen­tence of pre­ven­tive de­ten­tion would mean he is not re­leased un­til there is at least a de­gree of con­fi­dence the com­mu­nity would not be at risk.

The man was sen­tenced to pre­ven­tive de­ten­tion with a min­i­mum pe­riod of seven years’ im­pris­on­ment.

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