An 18-year-old Winton man who enacted sex offences against three 13-year-old girls was given a lengthy jail sentence when he appeared in the Invercargill District Court yesterday.
Daniel Philip Diack, appeared before Judge Kevin Phillips for sentence on three charges of having a sexual connection with the girls between July 23 and 25.
Judge Phillips said the July offending began when Diack sent text messages to the first victim and she and another girl snuck out of their houses and met him at his house, where the first incident of sexual connection took place.
The second incident happened just two days later when Diack contacted a third girl inviting her to have sex, suggesting he would pay for it, he said. Diack claimed he never considered the possibility the girls were underage.
Diack was also sentenced for two burglaries of his former workplace, Central Southland Freight, unlawfully entering a motor vehicle, stealing a CB transceiver, intentionally damaging a car by fire on June 23 and driving while disqualified on June 18.
In that incident, Diack and others broke into the business searching for cash and alcohol. He broke into the car and took the radio. After leaving the property he later returned and burned the car, in an attempt to destroy any fingerprints that may have been left behind. He watched the car burn and laughed when his former boss arrived, Judge Phillips said.
As a result of Diack's offending, consequences must follow, he said.
"I, as the sentencing judge, have to send an 18-year-old to prison because there are no other options."
Diack had expressed remorse but the judge suspected that may have been a ruse. "You are concerned about Daniel Philip Diack and you are not concerned about anyone else."
Diack was sentenced to three years and two months' jail and disqualified from driving for six months.
Zane Sterling Berry Williams, 43, builder, of Gore, was sentenced to nine months' home detention, 250 hours' community work and ordered to pay $3000 emotional harm reparation on three charges of doing an indecent act on a girl under 16 and indecent assault between February 13, 2004 and July 19 last year. There were two victims to Williams' offending.
Judge Phillips said Williams described his offending as taking things too far, and had little insight into the effect it would have on his victims.
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