Sex offender jailed for 17 years

Last updated 12:42 12/05/2014

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Convicted sex offender Christopher David Williams is resigned to his 17-year jail term to almost being a life sentence, a court has heard.

The 67-year-old was sentenced at the Christchurch District Court today. He will be aged about 75 when he can be considered for parole.

He was found guilty and convicted at a Timaru jury trial on 12 charges: five of rape, four of unlawful sexual connection using his fingers, and three of indecent assault.

Judge Brian Callaghan said today that he could allow Williams no sentence reduction for any guilty plea or expressions of remorse.

"One hopes that during your imprisonment, you may come to realise the enormity of what you have done," Judge Callaghan said.

Defence counsel Tony Balme asked for a reduction of the sentence because of Williams' age.

"He is almost resigned to the idea that he may well die in prison, which is a very bleak outlook for any person," Balme said.

"It may well be a realistic assessment. He sees it, as he stands there, as something of a life sentence."

Balme said family members including Williams' daughter, stepson and the stepson's partner were at court to support him. Family members still supported him even though the evidence at the trial portrayed him as "something of a monster".

Crown prosecutor Andrew McRae sought a sentence of 17 or 18 years with no reductions.

He said there had been premeditation and cruelty, and the pre-sentence report was negative with no indication of remorse from Williams.

The court was told that two girls had been victims of offending by Williams at rural South Island locations. One of the girls had become pregnant and one had been raped when she was heavily pregnant.

Judge Callaghan said the victims, who were now adults, would carry the emotional scars for the rest of their lives.

He refused to reduce Williams' jail term because of his age.

"I don't see that it is appropriate to give you any allowance for your age when there is absolutely no remorse or acknowledgment of the offending," he said.

"While you are of this mind, there is always the risk upon release of further offending."

He imposed a non-parole term of seven-years six-months, saying it was set to ensure the sentence would be long enough to hold Williams accountable for the harm he had done.

Williams had been fruit picking in the Tauranga area at the time of his arrest.

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- The Timaru Herald

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