Graeme Harvey Horgan
From Taranaki Daily News story July 22th 2009
An elderly transient man has been jailed for 18 months for sexually abusing a child while he stayed in Taranaki. Graeme Harvey Horgan, 69, was found guilty by a jury in May on three charges of doing an indecent act on a child. A large number of the victim's family were in the New Plymouth District Court yesterday to hear Crown prosecutor Justin Marinovich ask for a jail sentence of between 18 months and two years six months.
"This was not a one-off offence, it was something that progressed," he said. Horgan had denied abusing a girl in his campervan when he stayed in Taranaki last year. Horgan left the region after being confronted by the victim's father. Mr Marinovich said the Crown objected to the prospect of Horgan receiving a sentence of home detention because the proposed site was a caravan park.
Defence counsel Gary Gotlieb, of Auckland , was adamant, however, that his client's poor health, which was deteriorating, would prove to be too much of a burden for prison officials. "He does not have an active or long life (left)," he told Judge Allan Roberts. "What is going to be served by him going to prison?"In reply, the judge said Horgan's offending was demonstrable and had had a significant impact on both the victim and her family. Horgan, he said, had used a video game inside his campervan like a magnet to draw children in. Judge Roberts said he was satisfied with the jury verdict and concerned that Horgan continued to maintain his innocence.
Taranaki Daily News, Thursday, May 21st 2009
An attempt by Auckland defence lawyer Gary Gotlieb to get permanent name suppression for his client failed yesterday after the accused was convicted of sexually abusing a child. Judge Allan Roberts lifted interim suppression for Graeme Harvey Horgan after a jury in the New Plymouth District Court found him guilty on three charges of doing an indecent act on a child.
The jury had retired from deliberating on Tuesday night after one of its members became ill. They returned yesterday morning and deliberated for more than four hours before finding Horgan guilty. A transient man, Horgan, 69, had denied abusing a girl in his campervan when he stayed in Taranaki last year. Horgan left the region after being confronted by the victim's father. Judge Roberts granted bail on strict conditions after Mr Gotlieb asked if Horgan could have time to find somewhere to keep his campervan after he is sentenced on June 10.
Date of Birth
1940 (D.O.B. is approximate)
Three Strikes Status
Sentenced to eighteen months in July 2009
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