A very drunk New Plymouth man who sexually violated a young woman he did not know in a pub has received a sentence of home detention.
Christopher Charles Tanner, 29, had earlier pleaded guilty to sexual violation by unlawful sexual connection.
The New Plymouth District Court heard that at 2am on February 10 Tanner had approached the 21-year-old woman, who was with friends, on the edge of the dance floor.
He put his hand under her dress, violating her. She hit him, a fight developed and bar staff intervened.
But Tanner said he did not remember the incident when he was approached by police.
Crown prosecutor Justin Marinovich described the offence as serious offending which involved premeditation and called for a prison sentence of between two and three years. The maximum penalty was 20 years, Mr Marinovich said.
His lawyer Kylie Pascoe argued the act was not premeditated but rather stupid, drunken and spontaneous.
She asked that Tanner was given home detention in order for him to continue his job. He was very remorseful and getting help for his drinking.
Judge Gerard Lynch said the victim did not know Tanner.
Her victim impact statement told how she was now much more wary among males.
There was a pretty good clue to Tanner's problems in that he had three drink-driving convictions.
Tanner had now fully engaged with drug and alcohol services.
His parents, who supported him in court, told how their son had serious regrets at his behaviour. The aftermath had affected both his health and wellbeing.
''You have put them through the mill, Mr Tanner,'' the judge told him.
Aggravating factors included the harm done emotionally to his victim and the degree of predatory pre-mediation.
Tanner was given 10 months home detention and order to attend alcohol and drug counselling, 125 hours community work and emotional harm reparation of $1000.
He was also given his first strike warning under the three strikes law.
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