Chartwell man guilty on 7 charges
A man accused of "cruising" the streets of Hamilton East and doing lewd acts in his car was found guilty on seven of eight charges yesterday.
Chartwell man Ross Nana Puru, 62, was acquitted on one charge of doing an indecent act in a public place but convicted on four others. He was also found guilty of the more serious counts of indecent assault, assault with intent to commit sexual violation and detaining without consent.
In his closing address, Crown prosecutor Philip Crayton said that during two years Puru "embarked on a course of sexual offending and exhibited predatory behaviour".
The most significant offending came in February last year when he saw a girl walking alone. He asked her if she wanted a lift but when she agreed, Puru took her to a rural location and sexually assaulted her.
Puru said the activity was consensual. He claimed they had agreed to a $20 fee before the woman got in the car but Mr Crayton said the fact Puru put the money in her mailbox the next day proved it was hush money rather than prostitution.
When the verdicts arrived at Hamilton District Court yesterday afternoon, Judge Denise Clark made it clear Puru would be looking at a prison term, before she remanded him on bail to come back for sentencing next month.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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