Jail for deported sex offender after more offending in New Zealand

Gustafoham Harris was deported from Australia last year for sexual offending and has now been jailed in New Zealand for ...
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Gustafoham Harris was deported from Australia last year for sexual offending and has now been jailed in New Zealand for indecency offending against three young girls in Christchurch.

A man deported from Australia for sexual offending is now in jail in New Zealand after offending against three young girls in a Christchurch park.

Gustafoham Harris, 42, who was deported last year, was arrested for an indecency incident involving three girls on June 16.

He was sentenced to 12 months' jail by the Christchurch District Court on Thursday, and banned from anywhere children might gather, including libraries, schools, parks, playgrounds.

He would also be registered as a child sex offender.

Harris had a record of similar offending in Australia and was sent back to Christchurch where he had little family support.

He had a job and a flat, but had now lost both.

Defence counsel Sabrina Forrester said he felt let down since arriving in New Zealand because of the lack of professional treatment and support available. He acknowledged work still needed to be done to manage his risk and he was apologetic about his offending.

Judge Bridget Mackintosh said Harris "still seems to have some distorted thinking processes".

About 3pm on June 16, Harris biked to Richmond Park in suburban Christchurch where he approached three girls aged 9 and 10. He asked them to hold his bike while he urinated.

When he asked one of the girls to come closer, she ran away and hid.

Judge Macintosh said Harris had "quite a history" in Australia. "You are someone who needs to be managed carefully in the community here."

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Harris underwent extensive treatment in Australia but had not been able to follow through. The latest offending happened while he was being electronically monitored.

The mothers of the three girls were in court for his sentencing. Judge Macintosh said the girls had been given some independence, but Harris' offending had made them nervous and they no longer liked being by themselves.

 - Stuff

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