Name suppression strikes again
The nephew of a prominent New Zealand entertainer has received permanent name suppression after admitting child sex offences.
The 29-year-old received 10 months’ home detention in Auckland District Court for historic offences against three young children, and offered to pay his victims $5000 each.
His offending occurred in his capacity as a babysitter when he was aged 14-16. He was charged with two charges of sexual violation and two charges of indecent assault.
The man pleaded guilty to having coerced the children – a brother and sister aged between 4-7 at the time, and another girl of similar age – to perform sex acts on him.
His family and his victims’ were known to one another.
In sentencing, Judge Nevin Dawson told the 29-year-old his crimes were “can not and will not be tolerated”.
“I denounce your conduct. Although you were young at the time, you nevertheless knew your conduct was wrong but you still did it and you did it on a number of occasions.”
The victim impact statements were damning, Dawson told him.
“It’s quite noticeable that your offending has had a devastating affect on their lives. The victims were all vulnerable, they were very young.”
Judge Dawson granted permanent suppression after prosecutors and police said they had been unable to contact the victims for their view.
The offender is engaged and his fiancee was in the courtroom alongside members of his family.
The man offered, and was ordered, to pay each victim $5000 in emotional reparation.
Before I get into my little rant, how come the police could not contact the victims for their view? They took victim impact statements and to be able to pay $5000 in reparation they definitely need to know who to pay it to. So they know who the victims are… so why couldn’t they be contacted regarding name suppression?
The rest of the story would have been just fine (apart from the pathetic fine), but the Media Party had to play silly games and start off with “The nephew of a prominent New Zealand entertainer”.
All New Zealand entertainers are now tainted.
Well done Sam Boyer, decent, trained and skilled you are. At being a dick.
– Sam Boyer, Stuff