Duane Charles Brendan Paul Burgess
NZ Lawyer 20th December 2006
Duane Charles Brendan Burgess has gone to prison for seven years for his fourth sex attack on young women and girls - this time a 14-year-old girl he snatched from a bus stop. Right through to the sentencing before Christchurch District Court Judge David Holderness, the 33-year-old was grumbling about the justice system that has landed him in jail again. This is the longest sentence he has served. His record earned him extra jail time after the latest attack, which he carried out while he was on bail awaiting a decision on a 10-year supervision order. He was convicted at a jury trial of abducting a 14-year-old girl for sex, and for sexually violating her.
The crown case told how he had made an offensive remark to the girl as she waited alone at a bus stop in the Christchurch suburb of Hornby in the dark on August 12, 2005. He went into a shop for an ice cream and when he returned he dragged her into a property and behind a tree where he sexually violated her for several minutes with his finger. The girl said she screamed or squealed, but no one heard her. The judge said the incident had a significant adverse impact on a young and vulnerable victim. The Crown and the judge said the incident showed some premeditation, and the judge said Burgess' criminal history recorded sexual attacks on girls and young women in 1996, 1998, and 2001.
Defence counsel Leuatea Iosefa said he had to accept Burgess' long-held attitude - expressed to the probation officer - that he was a victim of an unjust system. Efforts to psychologically assess him had failed because of his non-co-operation. Crown prosecutor Kathryn Dalziel called for a deterrent sentence and a minimum non-parole period for such a serious offence. Judge Holderness ordered that Burgess serve at least half the seven-year jail term, and warned him that if he offended again he could face an open-ended sentence of preventive detention.
Date of Birth
1973 (D.O.B. is approximate)
Sentenced to 7 years with a 3 year 6 month non-parole period in December 2006
Upheld on appeal in June 2007
Eligible for release December 2011
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