Mozart Fareed Gorgis
From Waikato Times story May 24th 1996
In Iraq his hand would have been cut off; in New Zealand he was jailed for two years. In the High Court at Hamilton yesterday, Mozart Fareed Gorgis, an 18-year old Iraqi student who has been in New Zealand with his widowed mother for a year, was sentenced for kidnapping a 7-year-old girl, indecently assaulting her andher 7-year-old friend, and indecently assaulting a 12-year-old. As a wailing Gorgis was led out of the court, his mother ran shouting after the judge and collapsed, crying "Allah" as she was restrained by court officials.
Justice Tipping said Gorgis had dragged the girl by her neck from Frankton Primary School's playground to a patch of bush nearby. Her friend followed anxiously, afraid for her safety. He removed their clothing and indecently assaulted them. The assault came just 90 minutes after he assaulted a 12-year-old girl in the grounds of St Columba's Primary School on Rifle Range Rd. Justice Tipping said when police interviewed Gorgis he burst into tears, saying: "On television they can do this, why can't I."
The judge referred to the Iraqi practice of cutting off hands, and said punishment in New Zealand was different. Gorgis' lawyer Maurice Knuckey said Gorgis had experienced cultural difficulties. He looked like a 13-year-old and his interpreter told Mr Knuckey that Gorgis was mentally and emotionally an 11-year-old. The touching was "reverential" and an exploration to satisfy Gorgis' curiosity about girls and he had not grabbed the girl by the neck violently, Mr Knuckey told the court.
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Sentenced to two years in May 1996
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OFFENCES / CONVICTIONS
|Event Date||Event||Court Location||Offence Type||Offence Date||Committed While||Sentence Imposed|
|22-10-1996||Appeal hearing Date is approx||Court of Appeal Wellington||Indecent assault||02-02-1996||2 Years, Imprisonment||▼|