CYFS carer jailed for 12 years for child sex assaults

“I hate you and I hope you burn in hell,” a sex abuse victim told former CYFS caregiver Rex Lawrence Wilson before the 64-year-old was jailed for 12 years.

Wilson’s two victims – he was found guilty at an eight day Christchurch District Court jury trial in January – both read emotional victim impact reports at his sentencing.

Judge Paul Kellar said the two women, now in their 20s, had been done “incalculable harm” over six years of his offending. “I was singularly impressed with both of them during the course of the trial, and even more so today.”

He said the offending was “about as serious as it gets.”

A jury had found Wilson guilty of 15 charges: two charges of rape, 12 of sexual violation by unlawful sexual connection, and indecent assault on a child aged under 12. The Crown case detailed oral sex, touching, digital penetration, and full sexual intercourse.

One complainant said she refused to be a cowering “rape victim” and asked how Wilson felt now that he was a “victim” himself, of the criminal justice system. She said she saw no remorse or shame from him.

After his offending which ended when she was aged 13, she had turned to drugs, alcohol, and self-harm, and she had tried to kill herself more than once. She was now a mother.

The other complainant, also now a mother, told of turning to drugs and alcohol to try to block out what he had done. “You ruined my life,” she told him, but now said she had an amazing partner and beautiful children.

She said she hoped that what she had done in reporting Wilson to the police would inspire other victims to speak up and be heard.

“I have no idea when the nightmares will stop and the depression will go away,” she said.

At the end of her statement, she abused Wilson across the court room, telling him: “I hate you and hope you burn in hell.”

Defence counsel Andrew McKenzie said Wilson faced a long jail term, at an advanced age, and he would not be released until he no longer posed a risk. “He will have to move a long way from his stance now, for that to be no longer the case.”

He told the court that Wilson planned to appeal the convictions.

Judge Kellar made an allowance for Wilson having no other relevant convictions, and for his age, which reduced his sentence by four years, to 12 years. He imposed no non-parole term, but said the likelihood was that Wilson would not be eligible for parole unless he showed some significant remorse.

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