22-year jail term for child sex offender

High Court-panoply1A teenage victim was commended for her courage in reading a statement in court in which she said her sexual abuser deserved to “rot in jail”.

The teenager said Stanley Ross Hammond deserved to die in jail and have nobody care for him.

She read her victim impact statement in the High Court at Christchurch at the 55-year-old’s sentencing on 95 charges by Justice Rachel Dunningham.

Hammond pleaded guilty to 72 charges and was convicted of 23 more at the end of a judge-alone trial.

The charges included making, possessing, and distributing objectionable child pornography images, indecent acts on children under 12 and under 16, sexual violation by unlawful sexual connection, and rape.

The abuse of the two young girls involved rape, anal intercourse, and oral penetration, Justice Dunningham said.

After hearing submissions and seeing Hammond’s pre-sentence report, and reports by a psychologist and psychiatrist, the judge decided against imposing an open-ended preventive detention term, but she jailed him for 22 years with a non-parole term of 10 years.

She commended one of Hammond’s two victims who read her statement in court. “Thank you,” she said. “I know that took some courage to do.”

Crown prosecutor Claire Boshier also spoke of the victim “courageously” reading her statement.

The teenager said she had struggled with what Hammond had done, and continued to have “messed up dreams”. She said: “I feel sorry for him. He must be really messed up if he doesn’t know that what he has done was wrong.” She said Hammond deserved to rot in jail.

The Crown had sought preventive detention because Hammond’s continued denials about the most serious offending would be a barrier to successful treatment in prison, which was necessary to lower his risk. Miss Boshier said he had “scored highly on the narcissistic scale” and was still “shifting responsibility” to the victims for what had occurred.

Hammond was arrested after a video of his offending appeared on a cellphone found by the Canadian police when they caught a paedophile. The video included the GPS location of where it was taken – a New Zealand address where Hammond had access. Hammond had taken photographs and videos of his victims so that he could trade for images from other offenders.

The other victim wrote in her statement about the pain of knowing that her images were “all over the Internet, and always will be”.

Defence counsel Andrew McCormick argued that preventive detention was not necessary because Hammond did not have a history of offending and was willing to undergo treatment.

Justice Dunningham noted that Hammond would be in his late 60s or even his 70s when he was released from his sentence, and decided that preventive detention was not necessary. A long sentence with a non-parole term would adequately protect society. Corrections would be able to apply for an extended supervision order which would monitor him after his release.

 

 

 

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