Jailed over 'reign of terror'

Last updated 12:03 05/08/2014

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A man who exercised "a domestic reign of terror" over his family, including raping his wife, has been jailed for 17 years.

The 67-year-old man has continued to deny the offending despite being found guilty by a jury of sexual offences against his wife and one daughter.

The court heard the man ruled his family through anger, domination, control and psychological abuse.

His wife told the court in a victim impact statement that she felt like a prisoner in her own home and that "he was my jailer."

The man had met her overseas and married her before bringing her back to New Zealand. He refused to allow her to learn to drive and limited her ability to learn English.

His name and nationality has been suppressed to protect the victims.

Wellington District Court judge Arthur Tompkins said the man controlled most aspects of his wife's day-to-day life and when they had a family that control extended to their children.

The victim now felt guilty that she allowed her children to suffer but felt unable to interfere.

She had now left him and was living independently but had had to learn things that most people took for granted.

Judge Tompkins said the man had blighted the lives of the children and left them severely affected as adults, and his wife now had life-long psychological problems.

He jailed the man for 17 years but declined to impose a minimum non-parole period.

The man was found guilty of one representative charge of sexual violation by rape of his wife over six years and four of indecent assault of a girl aged between 9-10, one of her as an adult, and assault with intent to injure.

Crown prosecutor Geraldine Kelly said his family had been entitled to feel safe in their own home but was instead it was viewed as a place of trauma and fear. The man's dual purpose had been to control them and to get sexual gratification.

His daughter had described the offending as horrific, traumatic and relentless, and had called him a dictator in his own home, Kelly said.

The man's lawyer Paul Paino said the man had no previous convictions.

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