'Opportunistic' sex offender jailed

A man assessed as having low-average intelligence has been jailed for 10 years for a series of sexual assaults on two women he regarded as "slow".

One of the two women read her victim impact statement in the Christchurch District Court as 51-year-old Michael John Pullan was sentenced.

Judge Gary MacAskill imposed the long jail term on a representative charge of rape, unlawful sexual connection, and three charges of indecent assault.

Pullan, a beneficiary, had denied the charges but had been found guilty by a jury at trial last year.

He blew a kiss to someone in the public gallery as he was taken to the cells to begin his sentence, after being on bail pending today's session.

Crown prosecutor Marcus Zintl said Pullan's offending had been opportunistic and had arisen from his "unjustified sense of entitlement".

Judge MacAskill said there had been no physical violence but Pullan's sexual advances had been uninvited and unwanted and there had been "a measure of acquiescience".

One of the women said she feared Pullan would tell her off or hurt her if she said she did not like what he was doing.

He said Pullan fell into the low-average range of intelligence and he had exploited the victims, who he assessed as being "slow".

Pullan had maintained at trial that the sexual activity had been consensual but the jury found him guilty.

The Press