Sentenced for raping sisters
A sex offender who pleaded guilty to raping his two younger sisters has been jailed for nearly five years.
The 28-year-old man, who has name suppression to protect the identities of his sisters, appeared for sentence in the High Court at Auckland today after pleading guilty to three counts of rape and one count of assault with intent to rape.
Justice Graham Lang said he was already serving a nine-year sentence for the rape of two 10 and 11-year-old girls.
The judge said the current offending took place when the man was aged between 15 and 18.
There had been sexual contact between the siblings when the man was as young as 10, encouraged by their mother.
The rapes occurred in the early 2000s at family members' homes when the rest of the family had gone to bed.
One of the sisters told the court that when she was young she believed every word the man said.
She never felt safe and the offending had left a "void" in her life that she had tried to fill with alcohol and, later, methamphetamine, she said.
The other sister said she still suffered anxiety and nightmares and she had accidentally attacked her partner in the past, thinking it was her brother.
"He's messed my head up so much I struggle to function with normal life."
The judge said the man had "wreaked havoc" with his sisters' lives.
He was not eligible for preventive detention due to his age at the time of the offending.
Judge Lang sentenced the man to four years, 10 months in prison to be served after his current sentence finished.