Sex offender’s ‘mindset’ brings jail term

August 30, 2017 | By More

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A man’s continuing denials of sex offending by touching two girls has led to a 20-month jail term.

Christchurch District Court Judge Alistair Garland said a home detention sentence was not appropriate because of Colin Robert Williams’ “mindset”.

He was found guilty on four charges by a jury at a trial in March. The jury convicted him of touching the girls in the 1990s and early in the 2000s, when they were aged under 16. Some of the offending took place when one of them was aged up to 23.

The jury returned not guilty verdicts on several other charges at the end of the nine-day trial.

Prosecutor Shivani Dayal said the Crown did not believe home detention was appropriate in a case where the offending had been against children, and there was a continual denial, and no acceptance of responsibility or remorse.

Defence counsel Tim Fournier said the sentence would fall within the two-year limit where home detention could be considered, and it should be granted.

But Judge Garland said Williams had caused the victims serious harm, by touching them on the groin area, buttocks, and breasts.

He said noted Williams had previous convictions involving drugs, driving, and dishonesty.

He had told the pre-sentence report writer that he was willing to complete any treatment ordered by the court, even though he continued to deny the offending.

Judge Garland said that because of those denials, Williams could not be regarded as a medium risk of reoffending, and it was unlikely a rehabilitative sentence would be successful.

“I reach the view that there would be a lack of any rehabilitation prospects as a result of your mindset,” said the judge imposing the 20-month jail term.

He said he would grant Williams the chance to engage in “therapeutic intervention” as part of a series of standard and special release conditions imposed for six months after his sentence ends.

Williams, a 49-year-old from Christchurch, also faces registration and continued monitoring as a child sex offender.

 

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