Serial rapist jailed
A 22-year-old man who beat and raped three consecutive girlfriends was jailed for 11 ½ years at the High Court in Hamilton yesterday.
Hendrix Pahi’s offending started in 2008 during a year-long relationship with the first victim, after Pahi accused his partner of being unfaithful.
His actions against all three women then followed a pattern of abuse, both physically and psychologically, until he had complete control over their lives.
Pahi often punched and kicked them and on several occasions strangled his victims.
In May he pleaded guilty to 32 charges – the majority of which represented the violence – but there were also seven charges of rape and four of kidnapping.
The other two victims were in a relationship with Pahi for a six- and three-month period and the nature of the offending was almost identical in each case.
Justice Graham Lang said the hallmarks were not just the excessive physical intimidation but also the fact he locked the women indoors for long periods of time to assert his dominance over them.
"Not surprisingly they lived in a complete state of fear and subjugation," the judge said.
Justice Lang said the victim impact statements revealed "catastrophic effects", not just for the women directly involved – one of whom was 16 at the time – but for their families, too.
Crown prosecutor Sheila Cameron said one of the women had effectively gone into hiding, despite knowing Pahi would be jailed for a significant time.
"It’s going to be a very long time before they can come to terms with what you’ve done to them,’’ the judge said.
Pahi’s upbringing was discussed at some length and the court heard how his mother died when he was 12, leaving his unreliable father to bring him up.
As a young man he was itinerant for some time before living with his sister and the judge indicated it was likely that the turmoil through his formative years was at least partially responsible for his anger, alcohol and drug issues, which in turn triggered the offending.
Justice Lang highlighted anger management as the most serious problem and said if it was not addressed, Pahi would probably end up in court again on more serious charges.
A minimum period of imprisonment of seven years five months was also imposed.
1x Unlawful sexual connection
1x Assault with intent to commit sexual violation
9x Assaulting a female
1x Threatening to kill
6x Injuring with intent
3x Assault with intent
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