Rape vic­tim: Eight years is not enough

The Southland Times - - National News -

A woman who was re­peat­edly raped by a home in­vader while her ter­ri­fied 7-year-old daugh­ter was forced to watch has slammed her rapist’s eight-year jail sen­tence. Hamil­ton teenager Lorenz Shan­nyn Mekuli, 17, was sen­tenced in the Hamil­ton Dis­trict Court yes­ter­day, on charges of rape, ab­duc­tion for sex, in­jur­ing with in­tent to in­jure, threat­en­ing to kill, sex­ual vi­o­la­tion, at­tempted kid­nap­ping, bur­glary and as­sault on a child. Fol­low­ing the sen­tenc­ing, the woman who was sub­jected to Mekuli’s de­praved acts in her home in sub­ur­ban Hamil­ton on the morn­ing of Satur­day, April 8, con­tacted Stuff to ex­press her un­hap­pi­ness with the sen­tence im­posed by Judge Louis Bi­dois. ‘‘It is un­be­liev­able he has only got eight years. It is not nearly enough,’’ she said.

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