The latest aborted attempt to sentence a Foxton paedophile means his victim and her family will be forced to endure another long day's travel to get to court.
David Bruce Gore, 27, unemployed, was due to be sentenced in the Palmerston North District Court yesterday on a charge of sexual conduct with a girl under 12.
Judge Barbara Morris suppressed details of why the sentencing was delayed, apart from it being "reasons of ill-health". Gore will now be sentenced in October.
His teenage victim and her grandmother, who cannot be identified, were forced to make a long car trip from elsewhere in the North Island for the second time this week.
Gore was originally to be sentenced on Monday, but it did not happen, while his original sentencing date in August also passed without action.
The victim's mother said travel costs were partly met by victim support grants.
Continued cancellations were taking a toll as her daughter was travelling to Palmerston North each time thinking her ordeal would end.
"She was in tears [yesterday]. She feels as if he's never going to get sentenced. She's just really fed up with it. She's going down to face him, thinking this was it.
"We just want him sentenced now."
The victim and her family are also frustrated that Gore never faced trial on the more serious charge of sexual violation.
On the morning the trial was due to begin, Crown prosecutor Ben Vanderkolk said the charge was reduced for "evidential reasons".
The victim was unhappy and would rather have seen the more serious charge proceed.
Mr Vanderkolk has said the matter was handled sensitively and the Crown held a 90-minute "explanation and discussion" with the victim and her grandmother.
The case is one of the first affected by new Crown guidelines that allow prosecutors to initiate plea bargaining.
This had coincided with a dramatic drop in funding for Crown lawyers.
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