Peter Leslie Maney
From the Waikato Times 12th April 2006
A High Court judge yesterday described Morrinsville man Peter Leslie Maney's sexual offending against young girls as "close to the most serious of its type". Maney had been found guilty of five charges of sexual assault against three girls. Crown prosecutor Shannon-Leigh Litt asked Justice Heath in the High Court at Hamilton to impose a sentence of preventive detention on Maney, 42, a machine operator with previous convictions for indecent assault and sexual violation of young girls.
However, while Justice Heath said Maney's behaviour with the children - aged under 12 years - was serious, the absence of various aggravating features meant it did not warrant preventive detention. Instead Justice Heath sentenced Maney to six years in prison with a minimum non-parole period of four years. Maney had previously served a 2 year 6 month term in prison after being convicted for offending in 1988. Justice Heath said those incidents were worse than the latest cases. Maney had robbed the girls of their innocence at a time when they ought to be able to enjoy life.
"Preventive detention is designed to protect the community from the risk of on-going offending," Justice Heath said. "The risk of future serious offending, while possible, is not high. "While preventive detention was not imposed this time, if you offend again in this way it is very likely another judge considering your case would impose preventive detention for you," Justice Heath said. Defence lawyer Mike Robb said there was still hope for Maney if he had the opportunity to participate in rehabilitative programmes in prison.
Be constantly vigilant many paedophiles and sex offenders will reoffend when released into the community despite undergoing treatment.
Date of Birth
1964 (D.O.B. is approximate)
Sentenced to 6 years with a 4 year minimum non-parole period in April 2006
Released October 2011 under a 10 year supervision order
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