Outrage as repeat rapist teenager who preyed on young schoolgirls while they were too drunk to reject his vile advances AVOIDS jail
- The 17-year-old male raped three teenagers under 16 after getting them drunk
- Judge Sinclair told the court the victims had suffered serious emotional trauma
- The perpetrator had been a talented sportsman while attending high school
A serial teenage rapist who preyed on drunk schoolgirls has avoided a prison sentence, sparking outrage.
The 17-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty to two counts of rape and another of sexual conduct with a person under 16 earlier this month in North Shore District Court in Auckland, but was only handed a year-long home detention sentence, the New Zealand Herald reported.
Advocates for victims of sexual assault slammed the sentence, claiming it was ‘shocking’ and ‘not a punishment at all’.
A teenager who knew the perpetrator asked ‘What kind of message does that send to girls?’, and said others couldn’t believe the rapist wasn’t imprisoned.
A serial teenage rapist who preyed on drunk schoolgirls has avoided a prison sentence – sparking outrage (stock image)
The youth had a history of encouraging youths to drink and abusing them while they slept.
In 2016, the teen targeted a 14-year-old-girl at a party after getting her drunk on vodka.
He helped her into bed, and she woke up multiple times to him raping her.
Judge Pippa Sinclair told the court the victim was too drunk to struggle or consent.
He then attacked a 15-year-old under similar circumstances, and forced himself on her in a bathroom during an event despite her protests.
The court also heard he brought a box of alcohol to a party he was invited to, and proceeded to encourage a 14-year-old girl to drink.
After going to bed, the schoolgirl work up numerous times to find the boy assaulting her, but the court heard she was too scared to say anything.
Judge Sinclair told the court the victims had suffered serious emotional trauma, noting the attacks left them scarred and distressed.
‘(The victims) describe feeling happy and confident prior to your offending … Since your offending their lives have changed – they say they are no longer the same people they were prior to meeting you,’ she said.
‘Their mental health has suffered and their relationships with family and friends have been damaged.’
The youth pleaded guilty, and was sentenced to 12 months home detention, with mandatory participation in the SAFE program – a service for adults who show an affinity towards harmful sexual behaviour (stock image)
But the judge also said young people can be ‘impulsive’, and acknowledged the perpetrator had been a talented sportsman while attending a North Shore high school.
‘(Young people) may be more impulsive than adults, and a long term prison sentence may have a crushing effect and minimal benefit to both the defendant and community long term,’ she said.
The judge also admitted his record was previously unblemished and explained that young people have a greater capacity for rehabilitation, and that she thought he had a low-risk of re-offending.
The youth pleaded guilty, and was sentenced to 12 months home detention, with mandatory participation in the SAFE program – a service for adults who show an affinity towards harmful sexual behaviour.
White Ribbon ambassador Mark Longley said he was unhappy with the sentence.
Mr Longley – whose daughter Emily was murdered by her boyfriend in 2011 – said the sentence ‘sends an awful message’.
‘What is the deterrence? Has he learned a lesson? Is this enough to stop this guy? It’s unbelievable,’ he told the NZ Herald.
Victim advocate Ruth Money said the sentence would deter others from reporting abuse.