A 23-year-old man who had sex with a 14-year-old girl was not a predator, his lawyer told the Gore District Court yesterday.
John Michael McNaughton, 23, appeared before Judge Michael Turner for having a sexual connection with a 14-year-old on April 29.
He was sentenced to 14 months and two weeks' jail.
Judge Turner said McNaughton, who was 22 at the time and lived alone, was drinking at his house while the 14-year-old was visiting her friend who lived in the same flat complex.
The girl, who was intoxicated, and her group later went to McNaughton's house and she lay on the bed next to him, he said.
During the night McNaughton received two text messages from a friend telling him the girl was 14 and not to take advantage of her, Judge Turner said.
"You were told not to take advantage of her, but that's exactly what you did."
After everyone had gone home the pair had sex, he said.
McNaughton told police he had forgotten that he was told her age and thought she was 16, Judge Turner said.
Lawyer Hugo Young said McNaughton had not groomed her and he was not a predator who had gone looking for a victim.
It was a one-off act, he said.
Christopher Anthony Walter Hullen, 28, a farmer, was remanded on bail to November 13 for sentence for assaulting a female on August 22 and unlawfully taking a vehicle at Dunedin on June 7.
Vincent Nahu, 24, was remanded in custody to November 14 for sentence after he admitted 51 charges of offering to supply cannabis, three charges of offering to supply LSD, one of possessing LSD for the purpose of supply, offering to supply ecstasy and possessing cannabis for the purpose of supply.
Leah Rangi Lexi-Ann Lawton, 26, was sentenced to two months' community detention, nine months' supervision and ordered to pay $13 reparation for possessing utensils for smoking cannabis and stealing two packets of chicken drumsticks valued at $13 from Countdown on May 8, possessing utensils for smoking cannabis on March 31 and breaching community work on January 12 and February 28.
Darren Stuart Holmes, 47, was sentenced to 200 hours' community work and nine months' supervision for cultivating cannabis on April 30.
Mark Andrew Wards, 47, was ordered to pay $433 reparation for intentionally damaging a window on September 8.
Justin Edward O'Connor, 39, of Mataura, was remanded on bail to November 13 for sentence for burglary at Mataura and Gore on July 25 and August 7.
Joel Matthew Walker was sentenced to 40 hours' community work for breaching community work on August 13.
Jason Richard Youngman was convicted and discharged for breaching community work on July 18.
Matthew Leonard Dalmore Mason, 29, of Maitland, was remanded in custody to November 13 for sentence for driving while disqualified and with a breath alcohol level of 961mcg at Mataura on August 2.
Jamie Francis Sansom, 40, was ordered to pay a total of $900 emotional harm reparation and disqualified from driving for six months for driving carelessly causing injury on June 30.
Shila Turipa, 18, was remanded on bail to October 23 for sentence for driving with a breath alcohol level of 847mcg on August 22.
Emily Taunoa, 43, 473mcg at Mataura on August 20. Sentenced to 50 hours' community work and disqualified for seven months.
Brian Williams, 43, 667mcg on August 22. Fined $900 and disqualified for seven months.
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