July 27 2017, updated 1:04pm

Sex offender in retirement home

Last updated 23:26 20/02/2008

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An elderly  child-sex offender has been sentenced to home detention at a Napier retirement village where he holds a lifetime contract, stopping him from being removed.

Anglican Care, which owns the Riversdale Lifestyle Village in Taradale, looked to remove Alwin Kenneth Woodbury, 71, after he was found guilty, but cannot legally evict him.

Woodbury was sentenced in Napier District Court yesterday to 12 months' home detention and 200 hours' community work after a jury had found him guilty of four charges related to indecent acts with three children aged under 12.

Two of the children were sisters, the third was their nephew. Woodbury was a friend of the family.

The offending happened between 1990 and 2006. Woodbury was found guilty on two charges of indecently assaulting a boy under 12, one charge of inducing an indecent act on a girl under 12, and one charge of attempting to induce an indecent act on a girl.

The jury found him not guilty of an indecent act on a 14-year-old girl, and he was discharged on a charge of indecently assaulting a boy aged between 12 and 16.

Crown prosecutor Jo Rielly said Woodbury had never shown remorse for his actions, which had significantly affected his victims' lives.

Judge Tony Adeane said Woodbury displayed a gross breach of trust and his actions had been ruinous for one of the victims.

In sentencing Woodbury, Judge Adeane took into account his age and poor health, the fact he had no previous convictions and the likelihood that he would not reoffend.

Woodbury and his wife had lived in the retirement village for some time and "there was no reason to think you are any more likely to offend there in the future and no suggestion you have in the past".

Woodbury must remain in his unit at the village.

Anglican Care chief executive officer Derek Morrison said he had looked at the option of having Woodbury removed but "our contracts are such we are not in a position to do so".

"Their contracts don't allow us to remove them from their dwellings.

"If he'd had a conviction before he'd applied, then obviously we wouldn't have considered him suitable," Mr Morrison said.

"Mind you, he's still going to be in the community somewhere."


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- The Dominion Post

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