Man admits rape of drunk teenager

May 17, 2017 | By More

A 22-year-old has admitted raping a drunk 15-year-old girl in the bushes of a property in Linwood, after she got off a bus and became separated from her friends.

Elijah James Coker, a concrete worker from Phillipstown, pleaded guilty to a charge of rape, four charges of theft, one charge of being unlawfully in a building, and obstructing police, in the Christchurch District Court.

In the early hours of March 5, Coker found the young woman sitting on the footpath in Cashel Street, feeling unwell and intoxicated.

He carried her over his shoulder to some bushes and removed her clothing. He covered her mouth with his open palm while he raped her up against a fence.

The victim received bruises and abrasions on her hands and legs, and was found by a member of the public.

Coker also pleaded guilty to two charges of petrol theft in Wellington in November, one in Te Kuiti in December, and one in Paeroa in January.

He gave police false details after the January offending, then was found unlawfully in a building in Linwood in February.

Judge John Macdonald read Coker the first of the three strike warnings for repeat violent offenders, and remanded him in custody for a Crown sentencing on July 17. He asked for a pre-sentence report to be prepared, and referred the case for a restorative justice meeting.

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