Warnings mount as man jailed for further sexual offences

Gisborne Courthouse. File picture by Rebecca Grunwell

A MAN has received a second “three strikes” warning after admitting he indecently assaulted a woman.

Abraham Maurirere, 44, pleaded guilty in Gisborne District Court to two counts of indecently assaulting a woman aged over 16, a charge of wilful damage and a breach of bail.

He was jailed for 14 months and given a second strike warning.

His first warning for other offending was issued in 2011.

The indecent assaults occurred in May and December last year, and involved one complainant.

In each incident the woman was asleep and woke to find an intoxicated Maurirere on top of her.

Each time she managed to push him off and get away.

Judge Dawson said the conduct was outrageous.

The incidents had impacted on the complainant, who had since had difficulty getting to sleep.

Skin on skin contact was known to be particularly repugnant to victims, the judge said.

He noted Maurirere had in 2002 (before three strikes legislation) indecently assaulted a girl under 12 years of age and that he had more than 35 criminal convictions for other offending.

The judge also cited comments in a pre-sentence report, which he said made grim reading.

Maurirere minimised his offending and tried to shift the blame on to the complainant.

He told the report writer, “she’s to blame” and that he would “make her suffer for the rest of her life”.

He was assessed as being a high risk of reoffending and that his rehabilitative needs would be best met in prison, though he had previously been removed from a sex offender programme while in custody through lack of motivation.

The wilful damage occurred in February. Maurirere booted in the front door of a Housing New Zealand house, causing the door frame to break and come away from a wall.

A MAN has received a second “three strikes” warning after admitting he indecently assaulted a woman.

Abraham Maurirere, 44, pleaded guilty in Gisborne District Court to two counts of indecently assaulting a woman aged over 16, a charge of wilful damage and a breach of bail.

He was jailed for 14 months and given a second strike warning.

His first warning for other offending was issued in 2011.

The indecent assaults occurred in May and December last year, and involved one complainant.

In each incident the woman was asleep and woke to find an intoxicated Maurirere on top of her.

Each time she managed to push him off and get away.

Judge Dawson said the conduct was outrageous.

The incidents had impacted on the complainant, who had since had difficulty getting to sleep.

Skin on skin contact was known to be particularly repugnant to victims, the judge said.

He noted Maurirere had in 2002 (before three strikes legislation) indecently assaulted a girl under 12 years of age and that he had more than 35 criminal convictions for other offending.

The judge also cited comments in a pre-sentence report, which he said made grim reading.

Maurirere minimised his offending and tried to shift the blame on to the complainant.

He told the report writer, “she’s to blame” and that he would “make her suffer for the rest of her life”.

He was assessed as being a high risk of reoffending and that his rehabilitative needs would be best met in prison, though he had previously been removed from a sex offender programme while in custody through lack of motivation.

The wilful damage occurred in February. Maurirere booted in the front door of a Housing New Zealand house, causing the door frame to break and come away from a wall.

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