Koroheke Kurukuru James
From the Waikato Times 2nd December 2006
A Waitomo man found guilty of 22 sex attacks received a lighter sentence because of his age, a High Court judge said yesterday. A hung jury acquitted Koroheke James, 76, on one charge of indecent assault but found him guilty on the other sex attacks. He was jailed for eight years.
He had faced 13 other charges, but was acquitted on seven, discharged on three and a jury was hung on three other counts. The charges included 16 of indecent assault on girls aged under 12, eight charges of indecent assault on girls aged between 12 and 16 years, six charges of rape and four of attempted rape. The attacks took place between 1961 and 1983 at Kawerau, Auckland and Te Kuiti and involved 14 female victims.
Eight complainants gave evidence against James in the High Court at Hamilton and at his sentencing yesterday, Justice Baragwanath said the attacks had been predatory and premeditated and had stolen the victims' childhoods. Justice Baragwanath said James - who had been sexually abused himself as a child - showed no remorse and his victims had been seriously affected by the attacks. James had his eyes closed throughout the sentencing, only opening them when addressed by Justice Baragwanath. Justice Baragwanath said the victims were "sombre in their reflections". Laywer Mike McIvor told the court James was not a threat to the community and had a low risk of re-offending. Crown prosecutor Louella Dunn suggested a 10-year minimum jail term.
Date of Birth
1930 (D.O.B. is approximate)
Three Strikes Status
Sentenced to 8 years in December 2006
Eligible for parole August 2008
Unfortunately a minimum non-parole period could not be imposed as the offences were committed before 1993
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