Read this account and be astonished at the poor form by this dud judge who seems more interested in the rights of a scumbag sex offender than those of his victims.
A judge has grudgingly allowed one child sex abuse victim to read her statement in court, after the victims had declined a restorative justice meeting where they could have confronted the offender.
The offending against three young girls by Shane Vincent Roy Dennis, now aged 54, took place more than 20 years ago.
Christchurch District Court Judge David Saunders today sentenced Dennis to 10 months of home detention, 200 hours of community work, and ordered him to pay $1000 to each victim.
Dennis had admitted 11 charges of indecent assault, and one of inducing a girl to do an indecent act. All related to girls aged under 12 at the time.
Dennis now works as a truck driver in Whangarei, where helps care for his sick wife. He will continue to work and the emotional harm reparation payments to the victims will be made at $75 a week.
Judge Saunders said it was a case where restorative justice would have been beneficial but the offer had been declined by the victims.
He questioned why one of the victims now wanted to read her victim impact statement in court, where the defendant did not have a chance to reply effectively.
â€śIâ€™m not comfortable about it now,â€ť said the judge. â€śThis doesnâ€™t have a sense of balance about it. Thereâ€™s no opportunity for formal interaction or apology. I am not sure what she is trying to achieve.â€ť Â Read more »