A man who has hurt women in three unprovoked attacks in Blenheim, Nelson and Dunedin has been sentenced to preventive detention and a minimum of five years in prison for his latest attack.
Daniel Jeffrey Greathead, a 38-year-old Riversdale man, appeared before Justice David Collins in the Blenheim District Court on Friday, after pleading guilty to a charge of wounding with intent to cause bodily harm.
The charge came after the farm worker attacked a 61-year-old sex worker in a Blenheim hotel on March 8.
Justice Collins told the court Greathead arranged to meet the sex worker at the hotel, paid her, and then began to strangle her while they were having sex.
When he let go, the woman screamed for help and he attempted to cover her mouth with his hand. She bit his hand and he tried to smother her with a pillow.
She struggled on to the floor where he punched her repeatedly in the head and torso, yelling "you die, you die".
When she attempted to escape out of a bathroom window, he dragged her back but she escaped while he was counting the money she had given back to him.
The woman suffered a haemorrhage to her eyes and serious bruising to her face and torso.
A charge of attempted murder had been withdrawn at an earlier court hearing.
The court also heard how Greathead had already spent time in prison for similar offending. In Nelson in 2005, he was sentenced to five and a half years in prison for aggravated wounding and burglary.
Greathead had approached a group of six teenage girls at Tata Beach in Golden Bay in November 2004 and asked them if they wanted to have a party. When they declined, he returned to the house the girls were staying at, climbed through a bathroom window and hid under a bed until they went to sleep.
He then entered one of the rooms where a 16-year-old girl was sleeping and strangled her for two minutes, until she bit his hand and he left through the bathroom window.
Following his early release from prison, Greathead was living in Dunedin and on November 27, 2009 he attacked his second victim.
Justice Collins told the court how he entered a rest home through an unlocked door and went into an office where his victim was working. He strangled her while dragging her out of the office. When she yelled for help, Greathead took off.
Two psychologists concluding there was a risk that he would reoffend.
One psychologist concluded Greathead's offending was linked to sexual gratification while he was intoxicated, and the attacks stemmed from resentment towards women.
Greathead did not know any of the women, who were considered vulnerable, and were attacked with little warning.
Justice Collins said Greathead had not responded positively to two previous attempts to treat his alcohol and drug issues.
"All of your offending has been fuelled by alcohol consumption and substance abuse," he told Greathead.
"There has been strikingly similar offending in all cases."
Justice Collins sentenced Greathead to a minimum of five years in prison under preventive detention, which meant that he would not be released until he could prove he was not a threat to the community.
"Vulnerable women need to be protected from you," Justice Collins said.
The judge said that if Greathead was ever released back into society, there would be strong restrictions and rules imposed.
"I sincerely hope that you fully participate in every programme that you have access to."
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