In the Whangarei District Court this week, Judge John McDonald said he was troubled by Hona Peta’s lack of remorse.

Peta raped a young girl, who became pregnant and had to have an abortion.

The 54-year-old was sentenced on Tuesday after earlier pleading guilty to one charge of rape.

In sentencing Peta to nine years and four months in prison, Judge McDonald said he was troubled by Peta’s absolute lack of remorse.

“Instead of using your Christian beliefs to protect her from society, you became the predator. You don’t feel sorry for her at all,” the judge said.

“You blame her for what you did. You say you were the victim. You didn’t think you should apologise to her but that she should apologise to you.”The girl and her family were present in court during Peta’s sentencing.