Jail and jeers for sex fiend
A paedophile at the centre of a vigilante campaign warning people of his presence in Palmerston North has been sentenced to seven years in jail.
Members of the public shouted abuse at Harold William Haley, 58, as he was taken away following Judge Les Atkins' decision in the Palmerston North District Court yesterday.
Haley was found guilty by a jury in August of four charges of sexual offending against a young girl, having admitted a further three offences before the trial.
The offending against the girl began when she was 3 years old in 2000 and continued until she was 9 or 10.
While awaiting trial, Haley was the subject of an anonymous pamphlet drop around the suburb of Kelvin Grove, outing him as a "confessed paedophile" and detailing where he lived and his appearance.
"He should not be allowed to stay anonymous in our community especially among our young children."
Reading her own victim impact statement, Haley's victim said he had turned her childhood into a "disgusting nightmare" that she "will never forget".
"Growing up with the guilt on my shoulders was not right and although I have reached this day it has not been easy one bit."
The offending had ruined her social life and friendships, and caused her to suffer academically.
"Many of those who I thought were close to me have deleted me from their lives because of how infected I am. They see me as ‘that girl', the one who was sexually abused.
"The offender had no thought about the consequences on me in the future, and now my prospects for my future are potentially at stake."
She didn't know about some of the offences, which occurred when she was a toddler.
Haley's self-described soon to be ex-wife Deborah also read a impact victim statement, detailing how she found out about the offending in August 2012.
Since then, she has faced financial hardship, struggling to keep their Horowhenua business afloat alone, gone on anti-depressants and lost about 15 kilograms because of stress.
"[It] made me physically sick. What the offender did was an ultimate betrayal and breach of my trust."
"I cried so much for so long in those first few weeks, my eyes and face swelled up so much I barely even recognised myself.
"I realised our entire life together had been built on lies, manipulation and deceit."
After hearing Haley sentenced to seven years in jail, she said "nothing would be long enough".
As Haley was led from the dock, his victim yelled, "you make me sick", while another woman called: "You're a piece of scum, Mr Haley, you don't even deserve to be called Mr."
Judge Atkins praised the victim for bringing the matter to authorities, and reading her victim impact statement.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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