Victim in court for rapist uncle's sentencing
A young woman dreads her birthdays because when she was 18 she got drunk and was raped by her uncle, a sentencing judge said today.
The same man, 42, had raped his late-partner's mother after the unveiling of the partner's gravestone in 2002, he said.
The man sexually violated his partner's sister after her 21st birthday in 1995 and in 2010 indecently assaulted a friend's 14-year-old daughter when he was at her parents' house celebrating New Year.
He had caused widespread and terrible harm to four victims, Justice Lowell Goddard said in the High Court in Wellington today.
The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was sentenced in March last year to eight years and two months' jail for offences against three of the victims. This morning the fourth woman, raped on her 18th birthday, was in court to see him sentenced for that crime.
He pleaded guilty.
The man and his children had been living with her family in Wainuiomata in 2005 and she did not want to complain then out of concern for his children, the court heard.
She had become drunk at her birthday party and been put to bed to sleep it off. Her uncle was also very drunk and raped her as she cried, only stopping when she asked him about his partner.
Justice Goddard said the woman had dreaded every birthday since she was raped.
Each time the man offended he had been intoxicated.
The judge addressed the victim when she explained how the latest sentence was calculated to reach one year and 10 months being added to the eight years and two months' jail imposed last year.
Justice Goddard said the four offences covered events from 1995 to 2010 and had the man been sentenced at the same time for all offences he would have received 10 years' jail, so the sentence imposed today was the difference between the 10 years and the sentence imposed last year.
He said the man should serve at least five years before being considered for parole.
The man was sentenced in the High Court because it was thought he might be considered for the open-ended term of preventive detention but Justice Goddard said that in the end the Crown did not seek that sentence.
A lengthy fixed term would protect society and give time for the man to receive treatment near the end of his sentence.
Two psychiatrists who had done reports on the man thought that the chance of him reoffending had been significantly reduced with treatment and supervision.
The judge said the man's partner had died in 2001, leaving a "big hole" in his life.
He abused alcohol and before being jailed had usually smoked four or five cannabis joints a day.
The Dominion Post