The 21-year-old man who sexually violated an eight-year-old girl at Oreti Beach has been sentenced to five and an half years' jail.
Jordan Storm Pavlovich, who had admitted sexually violating the girl on February 2, appeared before Judge Kevin Phillips in the Invercargill District Court this morning.
Pavlovich had been in the sand dunes at the beach when he approached the eight-year-old girl and sexually violated her.
Judge Phillips said the young girl now had nightmares and felt anxious if she was separated from her parents.
At an earlier appearance Pavlovich's lawyer Peter Redpath said it was acknowledged the offending was brazen and repugnant but it was not premeditated.
Pavlovich was also given a first warning under the three-strikes law. The legislation creates a three stage regime of increasing consequences for repeat serious violent offenders.
A first warning is issued when an offender aged 18 or over at the time of the offence, and who does not have any previous warnings, is convicted of a qualifying offence. If the offender is convicted of another qualifying offence they receive a final warning and, if sentenced to jail, will serve that sentence in full and without the possibility of parole.
On conviction of a third qualifying offence the court must impose the maximum penalty for the offence. The court must also order that the sentence be served without parole, unless the court considers that would be unjust.
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