Man jailed for 'depraved' act

An 83-year-old woman was left screaming for help after a man, masquerading as a caregiver, entered her Invercargill retirement home unit and indecently assaulted her, the Invercargill District Court was told yesterday.

David Shaun Parker, 20, appeared before Judge Michael Crosbie yesterday for sentence for indecent assault and of burglary.

He was sentenced to two years and three months' jail.

Judge Crosbie said Parker went to the retirement unit on September 16 and walked through the unlocked front door, telling the woman and her 92-year-old husband, he was there to check up on them and leading them to believe he was a caregiver.

He walked into the woman's bedroom and approached her as she was sitting up in bed. He told her she was attractive and lay on the bed beside her while directing comments of a sexual and suggestive nature towards her. He pulled her bedclothes back and lifted her nightie, exposing her genitalia, before kissing and touching her.

The woman managed to get out of bed and screamed for help.

Parker took her handbag and two bottles of alcohol before fleeing, Judge Crosbie said.

The summary of facts says Parker ran across the road, where he was seen by two truck drivers who suspected he had unlawfully entered one of their trucks.

Before police could attend, Parker fled, and a cordon was set up. He was found nearby. He told police he was high and intoxicated from inhaling butane and drinking alcohol, the summary says.

The September 16 offending followed an incident on September 5, when Parker went to a house and approached a woman. He tried to hug her but she resisted and asked him to leave.

Judge Crosbie said Parker's offending on September 16 was depraved, serious and highly offensive.

The Southland Times