Man's 'reign of tyranny' ended

Last updated 17:28 23/07/2013

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A Wellington man's nearly 30-year "reign of tyranny" has ended with a 19-year prison sentence for sexual and physical violence against his two partners.

Wellington District Court judge Peter Hobbs handed down one of the highest sentences imposed at the district court level to Leslie McGeachin and ordered him to serve a minimum term of nine years for what he called a reign of tyranny against the two women.

Judge Hobbs said McGeachin, 48, met his first victim in the 1980s when she was 19. He was with her for 11 years. He met the second when she also was 19 and the relationship with her continued until 2011, when he was arrested.

He was found guilty of five charges of rape, three of sexual violation by unlawful sexual connection, four of injuring with intent to injure, one attempted sexual violation and three of burglary.

He had already pleaded guilty to four charges of male assaults female, one assault with a weapon and one intentional damage.

The judge said McGeachin would break into the home to assault the victims, strangling, kicking and punching them. One began sleeping with a monkey wrench under her pillow out of fear.

"It is difficult to determine how many times you raped [her], it was numerous. Violence and sex went hand in hand," Judge Hobbs said of the first victim.

McGeachin had six children with the women and several gave evidence at his trial of the violence in their homes.

Judge Hobbs said the victim impact statement before the court made poignant and distressing reading and had left devastating effects.

"The evidence of the two women was strikingly similar … of control and manipulation of them through fear and psychological manipulation," Judge Hobbs said.

McGeachin had no mental illnesses and showed little or no remorse. He continued to deny any sexual offending, he said.

After the sentencing, Detective Damian Rapira-Davies said both women had been extremely brave to come forward and speak out.

"It took a lot of courage from them to be able to do that considering the extensive history and types of violence he had used against them."

both women spoke of feeling helpless and unable to stop McGeachin, he said.

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