A man convicted of murdering a taxi driver in Christchurch in 1977 has been jailed for 13 years for sex offences against a 9-year-old girl.
Steven John Goodwin, 55, continues to deny the sex offending but was found guilty by a jury at a trial before Christchurch District Court Judge Raoul Neave.
Goodwin has already been recalled to prison to serve more of his life term while awaiting sentence on the new convictions - two for sexual violation by rape, two for indecency with a girl aged under 12, assault on a child and threatening to kill the girl.
A video recording of the victim, now a teenager, reading her victim-impact statement was played in court. She told of self-harming and having to keep quiet about the offending because of Goodwin's threat to kill her.
"A man like you ain't worth the tears I wasted on you," she said.
Crown prosecutor Tim Mackenzie said there was moderate or high level of harm to the victim, and the sentence could be increased because of the threats of violence to the girl.
He said the murder conviction involved an armed robbery of a taxi driver that went wrong. Judge Neave said he believed that Goodwin had been convicted as a party to the murder.
Defence counsel Tony Garrett said there were now two distinct areas of ongoing risk from the Parole Board's viewpoint, and passing through the board to get his parole would now be difficult for Goodwin.
"I think they will proceed with utmost caution," he said.
Judge Neave said Goodwin had met the girl through a connection with her father. She made the complaints of the sexual assaults about seven years after they happened, when she was aged 16.
She was now hyper-vigilant, had flashbacks and found it difficult to maintain relationships and to continue her education. The effects of the offending would be long-lasting and possibly permanent.
The offending had continued over several months and involved a range of sexual activity. The judge described it as "repeated sexual indignities".
The actual and threatened violence - Goodwin held the girl by the throat as he made his threat to kill her - was an aggravating feature.
There could be no allowance for guilty pleas because Goodwin had taken the case to trial and continued to deny the offending, the judge said.
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