'Remarkable' sex abuse victim praised
A West Coast sex abuse victim was described as "a truly remarkable young woman" as her abuser was jailed for more than 14 years in the Christchurch District Court.
Judge Alistair Garland imposed the 14-year, four-month jail term on 46-year-old Stephen Roger Jackson, who had pleaded guilty during the course of his jury trial in Greymouth in January.
Judge Garland said that at trial the woman had been "probably one of the most impressive complainant witnesses in a sexual case that I have observed in the course of my career".
She had been deeply affected by Jackson's offending and now found she had difficulty maintaining stable relationships.
She was a truly remarkable young woman who had managed to continue successfully with her education.
Jackson had pleaded guilty to charges of indecent assault, rape, and sexual violation.
The victim had been under 16 at the time of the offending.
Judge Garland said that although he had pleaded guilty, Jackson was now denying the offending.
He hoped that he would accept responsibility which would enable him to go through the Kia Marama treatment programme in prison for child sex offenders.
He gave Jackson a first-strike warning, but imposed no minimum non-parole term as part of the sentence.