Sex with girl, 13, admitted

Last updated 05:00 26/05/2014

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A New Plymouth 19-year-old had sex with a 13-year-old he met at a party, despite her older sister warning him off.

Zion Allan Whyte had earlier pleaded guilty to two charges of sexual connection with a young person aged between 13 and 16.

During sentencing in the New Plymouth District Court on Friday, the court heard that on the night the girl's sister had texted Whyte to say, "She is 13 years old, leave her alone."

But while the girl had been willing on the night, the impact on her since then was graphic, the judge told Whyte.

His victim, now aged 15, was not coping and was undergoing counselling. She had been regularly smoking synthetic cannabis.

But to Whyte's credit he now had some stability in his life and was in a relationship, working away from Taranaki, not taking drugs or alcohol and well liked, Judge Allan Roberts said.

The judge said he would give Whyte a community-based sentence as a "oncer", warning him he could never again fall back into offending.

Whyte received five months of community detention, with a curfew between 7pm and 5am, coupled with nine months of intensive supervision.

A victim of domestic abuse was rendered unconscious when put in a headlock by her partner, the court heard.

Terence Rodney Kara,23, a Tegel worker of New Plymouth, admitted charges of injuring his partner with intent, resisting police and driving with excess alcohol.

Kara received five months' home detention and was disqualified from driving for a year. He was ordered to undertake substance abuse treatment, attend the Te Kanga Maori programme and ordered not to contact his victim.

He was given 150 hours' community work and his fines were remitted.

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