16 years’ jail for long term abuse of woman

April 27, 2017 | By More

A man left his sentencing grinning and clapping after being jailed for 16 years on 17 charges including rape, injuring, and assaulting an Italian woman.

The woman read her victim impact statement in court, but the contents of it were suppressed by Christchurch District Court Judge Gary MacAskill.

Judge MacAskill also imposed a minimum non-parole period of eight years on the 46-year-old man, whose name is not supressed, but he cannot be identified without revealing the identity of his victim, who has automatic suppression.

Defence counsel Serina Bailey said the man had religious values, but was found guilty by a jury to 17 of 19 charges at his trial in November 2016.

Judge MacAskill said the couple toured in a campervan in 2014 and 2015, and had an intimate relationship but the man became controlling and manipulative, and the woman suffered sexual abuse from him until she feared for her life.

He sometimes used a knife to threaten the woman before raping her. He sexually violated her, punched and kicked her, and sometimes locked her in the campervan.

The man had previous convictions for assaults, dishonesty, and breaches of court orders, Judge MacAskill said.

His pre-sentence report said he still maintained his innocence. He had a volatile temper, and had failed to do two court-imposed anger management courses.

His psychological reports said he had a lack of insight, a pattern of non-compliance, and he disregarded laws and rules, and felt entitled to act as he pleased.

Judge MacAskill said these charges were the first for sexual offending, and he was assessed as a moderate risk of further sexual and violent offending.

He sentenced him to 16 years prison, with the minimum non-parole period of eight years, saying that the offending was a serious breach of trust.

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