Recidivist sexual predator succeeds at avoiding custodial sentence

This just hurts to think about

A man with a history of putting his hand up the skirts of female strangers and harassing women has successfully appealed his most recent sentence.

David Benjamin Carline told court psychologists he wanted to offend as “vengeance for being treated badly by women in the past”.

The sentence he appealed was handed down after he ran up behind a woman on Hamilton’s Claudelands Bridge and groped her.

The 61-year-old had been on her way to work on the morning of April 22, 2015 when Carline appeared and put his hand up her skirt.

She screamed and fell to the footpath, and Carline ran away.

Carline was described as a “recidivist sexual predator” when he came up for sentencing in the High Court in Hamilton, before Justice Edwin Wylie.

But instead of serving preventive detention – a prison sentence with no end date – Carline appealed and got a prison sentence of two years and seven months.

On the one hand I truly appreciate how difficult it is for someone to be deprived of their freedom.  That should indeed be a very high bar to meet.

But people like Carline is what custodial sentences exist for.

He is clearly got a non-resolvable hang-up and will assault women again.

Once again, we see the need for a custodial “village” on prison grounds where the worst sexual predators can be kept safe from themselves, and the public from them.

Justice Edwin Wylie said Carline had a pattern of offending and was a “considerable risk to female members of the community”.

He had failed to change his behaviour, despite attempts to rehabilitate him.

But Carline appealed, saying the judge hadn’t accounted for the fact treatment in prison could make him less likely to reoffend, and that the sentence was manifestly excessive.

Thanks Wylie J, at least you tried.


– Libby Wilson, Stuff

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