Drunk 14-year-old girl raped by two men

June 8, 2016 | By More
File image. © Andrew Bardwell

File image. © Andrew Bardwell

A 14-year-old girl raped by two men when she got drunk and fell asleep at a Christchurch house has repeatedly attempted suicide since the sex attacks.

One of the men pleaded guilty earlier and was jailed for seven years.

The second man, 58-year-old Walton Joseph Briggs, denied the sex attack and was found guilty by a jury at a trial in March.

Judge Jane Farish today jailed him for nine years at his Christchurch District Court sentencing.

At the time of the sex attack, the girl had recently turned 14 and she and her friends then spent her birthday money on cans of alcohol and a bottle of vodka.

“She became extremely intoxicated,” said Judge Farish. The girl told the trial she had a memory of being at a bus stop in Linwood, and then being in a bedroom.

She woke in the early hours of the morning to find a man having sex with her.

The distressed girl went home and reported the incident to her parents and then the police.

The man was prosecuted for rape and pleaded guilty but the police investigation also showed Brigg’s DNA inside the girl.

Briggs initially denied any contact with the girl, or knowing anyone else had contact with her, but when interviewed by police and told of the DNA results, and at trial, claimed the sexual activity had been consensual.

“The jury rejected your evidence, and I can see why,” said the judge.

The girl had no memory of the rape by Briggs and was very distressed. She had been achieving very well, and had been an A grade student, but had “spiralled downwards” since the offence. She had made serious attempts on her life numerous times, and had been unable to accept any comfort from males, even her father. Briggs’ offending had caused her immense pain and psychological harm.

Briggs was an alcoholic, and knew it, but was not prepared to change. It was not an excuse for the offending, and he could be granted no reduced sentence for remorse or a guilty plea.

She jailed him for nine years, and gave him the first strike warning that imposes heavier sentences on repeat violent offenders.

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