Timaru man recorded rapes

Last updated 17:12 29/08/2014

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A ''high-risk'' Timaru paedophile who recorded himself raping three young girls has been sentenced to 18 years in jail.

Phillip Brendon Page, 36, was sentenced in the High Court at Timaru today on 26 child sex charges by Justice Rachel Dunningham, who imposed a minimum non-parole period of 10 years.

The 26 charges Page had admitted included five of sexual violation by rape, six of sexual violation by unlawful sexual connection, 11 of doing an indecent act on a child, two of doing an indecent act on a young person, and two of doing an indecent act with intent to insult or offend.

When he pleaded guilty in the High Court at Christchurch last year, the Crown said the offending involved four girls and two boys and took place over several years.

He began encouraging and instructing a girl aged five or six to expose herself so that he could take pictures. Police found 151 photographs and 11 videos on a compact disc.

He photographed himself raping the girl while she appeared to be sleeping, and took two photographs of another rape.

He took videos of other instances of sexual violation, and took a photograph of sexual conduct between two of the children, and individual photographs.

The Crown also told of offending against another girl over an eight-year period, which involved rape, sexual conduct, and unlawful sexual connection. The man repeatedly had intercourse with her and took photographs of her genitals and breasts.

The Crown says the man's computer equipment included many references to images in the file data, but these photographs have not been found.

He took photographs of a boy's buttocks and genitals.

He paid a girl $6 to let him take a photograph of her genitals and that photograph has also not been found.

He tried to get a girl to touch his genitalia but she refused.

The Crown detailed touching and photographing involving another girl aged seven, and also her rape and sexual violation.

At sentencing Justice Dunningham said Page was a ''high-risk paedophile who has demonstrated no empathy for his victims. The man is an extreme risk to society''.

In a statement, the mother of one of Page's victims said her daughter had become obsessed with protecting herself and had taken a knife with her to the park.

Page cried in the dock and put his head in his hands as the victim-impact statements were read.

The judge said Page had 56 prior convictions, the first when he was 17 for ill-treatment of an animal. He had also been jailed in 2009 for a dangerous act with a firearm.

She started with a sentence of 22 years and reduced it by 15 per cent to 18 years and eight months because of his guilty pleas and the victims not having to go through the ordeal of a trial.

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- The Timaru Herald

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