12-year jail term for repeat sex attacker

October 26, 2016 | By More
File image. © Andrew Bardwell

File image. © Andrew Bardwell

A Commonwealth Games wrestler was called “a nasty, evil man” by the woman he raped in 1994 before he was imprisoned for 12 years 9 months.

Devon Charles Bond, 49, committed a second abduction of a woman jogger near Waikuku, North Canterbury, only a year after the night time armed home invasion in which he tied, raped and violated the woman at her Burwood home.

He served a seven-year six-month term for the Waikuku attack.

He was caught by a DNA database match in December 2014, and pleaded guilty to the new charges on the day of his High Court trial on May 2 this year.

He denies having any memory of the 1994 attack because of drug-taking and claims that the Waikuku abduction was not sexually motivated, according to Crown prosecutor Claire Boshier at today’s sentencing in the High Court at Christchurch.

Without treatment, Bond remained a medium-to-high risk for further sexual offending, she said.

Miss Boshier read out the statement of the woman victim. She said: “How smug you must have felt when you hadn’t been linked to my case. You must have thought you had got away with it.

“Well, you didn’t get away with it. Science has caught you and there’s no way out of it for you.”

The victim said the attack had changed her life and she was now much more cautious. “You haven’t ruined my life because I was determined that it would not happen, but you have seriously disrupted it, and you have stolen my freedom and my rights to live a fairly happy life.

“You are a nasty, evil man who needs to be taken off the streets for the longest possible time,” she said.

Defence counsel Tony Greig said reading the victim impact statement had affected Bond, and he would be willing to meet the victim if she wished. He said 18 years of offence-free life out of prison could be seen as overriding the risk of reoffending. He had worked and he had led a pro-social life. His partner had stood by him.

Mr Greig said Bond believed he had done what was necessary to leave the lifestyle behind. He believed the offending arose from the combination of the gang friends he had, and the drugs and alcohol he was bingeing on, and his negative attitudes towards women.

Bond had pleaded guilty to the charge of armed burglary of a home, assault with a weapon for threatening the woman victim with a knife, kidnapping for tying up the victim, two charges of sexual violation by unlawful sexual connection, and a charge of rape.

Justice Gerald Nation said the victim had shown considerable courage. Her victim impact statement was an eloquent account of how the attack had changed her life.

He attacked the 42-year-old woman, living by herself, who was asleep at home when Bond broke in and turned off the power at 1am. He was wearing dark clothing and a mask or balaclava, and holding a knife. He then tied her up with a length of clothes line, put a pillowcase over her head, and sexually violated her. He ripped her phone out, and threatened her before he left. The woman freed herself and ran to get help from neighbours.

A year later, Bond abducted a 37-year-old jogger along a riverbank near Waikuku, tying her hands with her top and pushing her into the boot of his car. She managed to release the boot and jump from the moving car.

Bond was caught by a DNA match after being convicted on charges of disorderly behaviour, resisting and assaulting a constable, after being arrested for a rowdy incident at a boxing event in December 2014.

The judge said there had been serious premeditation and preparation, and intimidation in the Burwood home invasion. He took into account the second attack only a year later. He said was sceptical about Bond’s claimed loss of memory. “The case against you was very strong. The guilty plea was simply a matter of facing up to the inevitable.”

He imposed a set term of imprisonment for 12 years 9 months, with a non-parole term of eight years.

But he also considered the Crown’s bid for a preventive detention term. He said Bond, who had been aged 27 at the time of the offence, could be jailed indefinitely if he was assessed as posing a significant risk of committing a further sexual or violent offence after release.

He said Bond’s anti-social behaviour emerged as a child with animal cruelty when he set fire to the family cat. He noted that Bond had throttled his 1995 victim. He also noted when he had the 1994 victim tied and hooded, she had asked why he was doing this and he had replied: “You bitches are all the same.”

His life had changed when he was injured an unable to compete as a wrestler. He began using alcohol and drugs, and became involved with a gang as a debt collector. The judge said Bond’s victims had been seriously at risk and he had caused serious harm to the community. His denials of memory or sexual motivation for the attacks were seen as making treatment difficult.

He decided he could impose a finite term of imprisonment, by a fine margin, taking into account the factors that would be taken into account – including treatment and the ability to have an extended supervision order in place – at the time of his release.

 

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