Victim feared harm

Last updated 08:07 19/02/2014

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A rape victim did not struggle against her attacker because of fears he would harm her, the New Plymouth District Court heard yesterday.

Malcolm Telford Henry, 36, yesterday pleaded guilty to three representative charges of sexual violation by rape and two of sexual violation by unlawful sexual connection on October 13, 2012.

Henry was initially charged with 31 sexual abuse charges following the early morning assaults.

The heavily intoxicated Henry knocked on the woman's door at 1am and took her to her bedroom.

The victim, who knew Henry, acquiesced to his demands and acts because of fear of being harmed.

She was home alone at the time.

When he left her home later in the morning she contacted police.

A medical examination confirmed Henry's DNA.

She received bruising to her breasts, legs and arms.

Crown solicitor Cherie Clarke told Judge Allan Roberts the Crown would offer no evidence for the remaining charges.

Judge Roberts, who noted the offences qualified as strike offences, called for a full report with the focus on upper tier sentences and remanded Henry in custody for sentencing on March 31.

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