Dance party rapist Mateo Nixon jailed for 14 years

Convicted rapist Mateo Nixon at an earlier appearance in the Dunedin District Court.
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Convicted rapist Mateo Nixon at an earlier appearance in the Dunedin District Court.

Three rape victims have described the trauma of their "life sentence" caused by a serial sexual offender sentenced to 14 years' in jail.

Mateo Nixon, 30, was convicted of six charges of rape, three of unlawful sexual connection, two of indecent assault, and two of sexual connection with a young person under 16, when he appeared on July 9.

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Nixon was sentenced to 14 years jail, with a non-parole of eight years when he appeared before Judge Kevin Phillips in the Dunedin District Court on Friday.

"You preyed on them and you did so for your own sexual gratification," Judge Phillips told Nixon, who remained expressionless throughout his sentencing.

At the time of his offending, between October 2009 and July 2012, the Christchurch man - who was supported by is family in court - was involved in outdoor dance events across the South Island.

Five of his victims woke up to discover Nixon raping them.

Three of his six victims read from their victim impact statements.

All three knew Nixon from his involvement in the South Island dance party scene, with his offending leaving them emotionally and physically harmed.

Prior to those attacks they had been confident young women who enjoyed life.

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Those rapes resulted in depression, anxiety attacks, suicide attempts, being ostracised by friends, not trusting men, struggling to hold down employment and studies, and often too scared to leave their own home.

One of his victims said prison would count for nothing if Nixon - known to his friends as 'Teo' - did not get the treatment he needed.

Two of his victims said they were ostracised by their mutual friends when they told them what had happened, "you were just wasted and had sex, you didn't do anything to stop it", one of them was told.

Fear of seeing Nixon meant she had become a "prisoner in our own home", locking doors and drawing curtains so as not to see him.

One of the victims had since had a child and had been diagnosed with postnatal depression.

She spoke of having traumatic nightmares and throwing her own child's arm off her after fearing it was Nixon's.

She was receiving counselling but believed the trauma would be with her for "the rest of my life".

Another victim was raped by Nixon at his house in Karamea after attending a music festival.

She had repeatedly tried to tell dance party organisers about Nixon's offending and I "felt disheartened by my community".

Of Nixon's six victims, five of those involved rape which he did without wearing any protection, the court was told.

All of the victims were known to Nixon - being friends of his partner at the time, who was also one of the victims.

The Crown submitted that three of his victims were assaulted more than once, and he was deemed to be at high risk of reoffending.

Nixon's mother also addressed the court, acknowledging the victims and the pain caused by her sons actions.

She said her son, who had written letters of apology to each victim and wanted to meet them for restorative justice conferences, was raised around women and "brought up to respect women".

That comment resulted in jeers from the public gallery.

Her son became involved in drugs during his teenage years, had experienced some close friends dying from violent deaths, and had to be put in CYFs' care, she said.

Despite his "poor judgment" he had begun to make progress over the last year, and an important part of that was his diagnosis for autism.

Her son's emotional age was half of his chronological age, resulting in him having difficulty in reading people with his poor judgment compound by him using drugs and alcohol.

"How can you obey the rules when you don't know what they are."

Judge Phillips said 'he was unconvinced about a psychologist report recommending he serve a sentence of home detention due to possible problems he may face in prison.

He said he would receive help in prison, but must be held accountable for his actions.

"Your actions were intentional, deliberate, and entirely criminal."

His offending was against people - including a 15-year-old girl - who were known to him and who were often under the influence of drugs and alcohol.

Judge Phillips said his offending would continue to impact on those victims for the rest of their lives.

 - Stuff

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