A man jailed for a "brutal and degrading attack" will have to serve at least half of his sentence before being eligible for parole.
Joseph James Brider, 28, appeared in the Hawera District Court yesterday for sentencing on four charges relating to a prolonged sex attack of his female victim on May 6.
He pleaded guilty to the charges of rape, unlawful sexual connection, abduction for sex and injuring with intent to injure at an earlier court appearance.
In sentencing Brider to seven years and nine months' imprisonment Judge Allan Roberts also imposed an order, sought by the Crown, which means Brider will have to serve half of his sentence first before he is considered for parole.
Roberts said the offending represented serious and sustained physical and sexual abuse of the victim. "This was, in every sense of the word, an ordeal for the victim at the highest level," he said.
According to the summary of facts, the attack began when Brider and his victim were travelling back to South Taranaki from Palmerston North.
After Brider became verbally abusive to the victim, she became scared and used the excuse of having to use the bathroom to get out of the car.
As she started to walk north towards Waverley, Brider pulled his van over, got out and pushed her back into the vehicle.
He punched her on the head and body several times and when she tried to fight back, the defendant bound her hands. He then put his hands around the victim's throat. Brider placed the victim in the passenger seat and drove to Waverley, where he stopped again and resumed his violent assault on the victim.
It was only after Brider stopped at a petrol station in Hawera, that the victim was able to alert one of the employees about what had happened.
The victim suffered numerous injuries from the assault, including burst blood vessels in her eyes, bruising to the throat, injuries to her lower body and swelling and bruising to her left shoulder and arm.
The victim was present in court for the sentencing but was too upset to read out her victim impact statement.
"She is unable to do that - such is the impact your offending has had on her," Roberts said.
Crown prosecutor Andrew Britton said the offending was aggravated by the level of violence used, as well as the fact the victim had been detained against her will.
He said the physical and emotional harm caused to the victim as a result of the offending also needed to be taken into account. The only mitigating factor for Brider was that he had entered guilty pleas at an early stage.
- Taranaki Daily News