Community detention for indecent assault

A 32-year-old Blenheim man has been sentenced for indecently assaulting a female over the age of 16.

In the Blenheim District Court yesterday, Judge Bruce Davidson said the girl was 16 at the time of the assault, in October, half the age of the man, who has name suppression.

She was studying at the man's house on October 24 when she fell asleep.

During the night, she was woken by the man, who then sexually assaulted her.

The incident showed persistence, some degree of premeditation and a significant breach of trust, Judge Davidson said.

He gave the man credit for his guilty plea, his lack of previous convictions, his remorse, an apology to the victim and her family, and his stable position in the community.

The man was sentenced to five months' community detention, 80 hours' community work and six months' supervision.

He was also ordered to pay $300 in emotional harm reparation to the victim within two months.


The Marlborough Express