Graeme Andrew Joblin
Graeme Joblin, 60, was convicted in 2012 of sexually abusing two teenage boys when he was a high school teacher in Wainuiomata between 1978 to 1981, and eight further boys, when he was a busking musician in Christchurch between 2000 and 2008. He was jailed for 20 years with nine years non-parole.
The Court of Appeal has, in a judgment released on Monday, rejected his bid for a new trial.
Joblin claimed he had not had a fair trial, alleging his Christchurch counsel had been unprepared, failed to call witnesses and failed to properly deal with pre-trial issues.
Joblin was represented by Paul Norcross between March 2009 and September 2011 and his trial counsel were Colin Eason and Claire Yardley.
The Court of Appeal found Norcross, whom Joblin sacked two weeks before trial, was "assiduous" in his preparation of Joblin's defence and that Eason had done as well he could with the material available to him.
"Mr Joblin was cross-examined. Suffice it to say that we found him a most unsatisfactory witness... we are satisfied that Mr Joblin's version of events in relation to both his dealings with Mr Norcross and Mr Eason does not accord with reality."
Norcross and Eason told the appeal court of Joblin's difficulty in focusing on the charges and in obtaining clear instructions. Joblin had also changed his account from partial denial to full denial of all charges.
"We are satisfied that Mr Eason adequately presented the defence at trial that Mr Joblin deliberately equipped him with," the court said.
The charges on which Joblin was convicted included sodomy, indecent acts, indecent assault and sexual violation by unlawful sexual connection. The offending generally involved befriending teenagers and then inviting them back to his address. There he would ply him with alcohol and cannabis and offend against them when they were heavily intoxicated or asleep.
One of Joblin's victims, Stephen (not his real name), told Stuff at the time of Joblin's sentencing, that he had just run away from home after a fight with a family member when he met Joblin busking in Christchurch.
Joblin took Stephen home and Stephen accepted an offer of alcohol, but declined cannabis.
"Then he just came over and pulled me down. I could hardly move. That's when he started . . . "
Stephen said wanted to give up "so many times" during the court process, but found comfort in discovering he was not the man's only victim, and continued for the sake of the other victims.
"All the stories were exactly the same...I had a guy come up to me after court, saying, 'I'm sorry I didn't stop it and it's come to you'."
Brendan (not his real name) said he was invited to a party by the new young English teacher at his Wellington school.
"It was all a great laugh to start with...Being 13, you feel guilt and embarrassment and stuff like that. You're trapped."
The offending continued for about two years, sometimes as often as twice a week and not always at Joblin's house.
Date of Birth
1956 (D.O.B. is approximate)
Sentenced to 20 years with a 7 year minimum non-parole period in August 2012
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