Sex slave case man named

PHIL KITCHIN
Last updated 14:51 15/06/2012
MARCUS WILD / PHIL KITCHIN

The identity of a man described by one of his four victims as a "monstrous" serial rapist has been revealed.

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William (Bill) Paul Cornelius.

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The identity of a man described by one of his four victims as a "monstrous" serial rapist has been revealed.

Anger erupted outside Whanganui District Court today as William (Bill) Paul Cornelius walked free.

Cornelius lost his bid for name suppression this afternoon after Judge David Cameron said there were no compelling reasons why he should not lose his bid for permanent name suppression.

Cornelius walked free after the Judge stayed multiple rape charges over a 30-year period against him because he has developed mild dementia and is not fit to stand trial.

Judge Cameron has ruled on the balance of probabilities that the man raped four teenagers.

One of his man's four victims today won her bid for automatic name suppression to be lifted.

She is Heather Walsh, 46.

Last month she told The Dominion Post Cornelius kept her as a sex slave in a remote bush hut.

"I was repeatedly terrorised with threats of torture, forced abortion with wire, starvation, being eaten alive by pigs, death and death to any babies born to me, " she said.

She became pregnant to Cornelius and says he shot a healthy pregnant cow, slit it open and threw its unborn calf to be devoured by semi-wild pigs, to demonstrate what he could do to her.

In court today Judge David Cameron said there was no reason why Walsh should not be allowed to have her name made public.

She clearly understood the implications arising from that, he said.

Walsh said the justice system had failed the four victims though delays in getting the case to court.

It also emerged in court today that three other women, apart from the four in court, had told police Cornelius sexually assaulted them but for their own reasons they had not made formal complaints.

When Cornelius left court today one of his victims, who said he raped her as a 15-year-old, confronted him and screamed in his face that he was a ''rapist pig''.

He was originally charged in December 2009 with four charges of rape, one of unlawful sexual connection and one of abduction. The charges increased in 2010 to 14, including a representative charge covering hundreds of rapes, and further charges were later laid as more complainants were spoken to. So far he has made 27 court appearances and up until the last two was deemed fit to stand trial.

His lawyers obtained reports from a psychiatrist and a psychologist saying he has developed mild dementia and is now not fit to be tried.

A judge accepted the medical opinions after the Crown also obtained reports from a psychiatrist and psychologist.

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