David Peter Marsters
From the Dominion 9th August 2001
An appeal against a thirteen and-a-half year jail term for a man dubbed a sexual predator and serial paedophile has been dismissed by the Court of Appeal. David Peter Marsters was jailed on April 30 for rape, sexual violation, indecent assault - 12 sexual offences committed against four victims - and burglary. He appealed against both convictions and sentence.
Judges said that given the nature and extent of the offending, a thirteen and-a-half year imprisonment term for an offender who put members of the public at risk was a lenient or minimal sentence. Lawyer Mary Tuilotolava argued that the sexual offences and the burglary charges should have been heard separately, an eleven and-a-half year sentence for the rape of a toddler was too severe, and imposing a cumulative sentence for the burglary and sex charges was unduly harsh. These arguments were dismissed by the Court of Appeal as unimpressive and unsubstantiated.
We note this offender lied in Court during the trial. We are also advised he has now been released after about two-thirds of his sentence anddid reside in Edens Landing, south-west of Brisbane, Australia from June 2011 but we understand he since moved to the Cook Islands... The public should be notified where offenders like this are.
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Sentenced to 13 years 6 months in April 2001
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