Man found guilty of kidnapping rape at retrial
A man accused of kidnapping two young women and driving them to remote locations where he raped them has been found guilty.
Pravin Fia Hari Prasad Kumar faced retrial in the High Court at Auckland for the rape, kidnapping and sexual assault of two young women in 2008.
The two attacks came just 11 days apart.
Crown prosecutor Alysha McClintock told the court that Kumar was a man "who had a clear sense of entitlement to have sex" with the victims.
One of the alleged victims was a prostitute who initially agreed to have sex with Kumar in exchange for money on September 27, 2008.
She got into the car and Kumar drove to a remote location in Wiri, South Auckland.
The court heard the victim asked Kumar to pay up first and to wear a condom - he refused both requests.
The pair argued and after the victim got out of the car, Kumar allegedly dragged her back to the car where he raped and assaulted her.
McClintock said the second victim was approached by Kumar on the side of the road on October 8, 2008. He offered her a lift home.
But instead of taking her home, the Crown alleged he took the woman to a liquor store, bought alcohol and then drove her to a remote location near Auckland Airport.
"[The victim] wanted to go home but he made it clear that he wanted sex ... He touched her breasts and raped her in the back of the vehicle," McClintock said.
He was remanded in custody and will be sentenced in December.
While on bail for the 2008 rapes he escaped his electronic monitoring and did not attend his first trial, but it went ahead in his absence and he was convicted.
The conviction was later quashed and a retrial ordered by the Court of Appeal.
He was captured after contacting one of the women on the internet.
While in prison awaiting his appeal, Kumar was also caught running a complex scheme in which he would call his mother and have her divert his calls to phone numbers not approved by the prison phone system.
Kumar, who has a history of violence against women, deceitfully obtained one of his victim's phone numbers, for the care home where she lived, by calling a string of people and pretending to be a doctor.
Once he got hold of the woman he got her mobile phone number from her and then discussed her evidence with her.
He suggested she had been pressured to lie and in a series of calls the next day he tried to get her to say the evidence she had given at court was not true and that she had not been raped.
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