Man jailed for 13 years for raping daughter

The child would have devastating life-long consequences, Crown prosecutor Claire Boshier said.
MARTIN VAN BEYNEN/FAIRFAX NZ

The child would have devastating life-long consequences, Crown prosecutor Claire Boshier said.

A Christchurch man has been jailed for more than 13 years for raping and sexually abusing his 5-year-old daughter.

At the man's sentencing on Friday, Christchurch District Court Judge Raoul Neave told the 32-year-old man he had caused "incalculable harm" to his daughter.

The father was jailed for 13-and-a-half years, with a non-parole period of six years. 

The man admitted charges of sexual violation, rape, and indecent assault. They were laid as representative charges, meaning the offences happened at least once.

The man has final name suppression to protect the identity of the child.

The girl's mother read the court a victim impact report, describing the trauma of rape kit testing for a young girl.

She said her daughter would never be the same. She was sickened by what the man did, and the thought of the physical pain the girl would have felt.

"You broke her, I will try to fix her," the woman said.

Crown prosecutor Claire Boshier said the man was also sentenced on eight charges of breaching protection orders, involving a different victim.

She said the man was self-serving and lacked empathy, and was assessed as a high risk of reoffending. The child would have devastating life-long consequences.

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Defence counsel Steve Hembrow said the breaches of a protection order showed a desire to contact and rekindle a relationship.

The man had a serious problem with alcohol, and was drinking to gross excessive.

Judge Neave said the summary of facts was grim reading, and the child suffered injuries that were found after she went home from spending the weekend with him.

The girl said her father told her not to tell anyone what had happened. She told him she did not like it, but he would not stop and would do it again.

Judge Neave said the man created opportunities for the offending to occur, and had done incalculable harm to her.

The psychiatrist report said that she was "an angry, unhappy little girl", he said.

The woman who was granted the protection order was constantly pestered and psychologically tormented, he said.

The man's own interests were allowed to rule, and no-one else's opinions accounted for anything. He was a manipulative and controlling person, Judge Neave said.

 - Stuff

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