Waikato Times, Thursday 28th May 2009
A Hamilton man who abducted and raped a girl on her way home from school has had his appeal against his sentence turned down by the Court of Appeal. In October 2008, Lutovio Mataia was sentenced in the Hamilton District Court to 11 years' jail with a six-year non-parole period after earlier pleading guilty to rape, indecent assault, kidnapping and abduction with intent to have sexual connection. Mataia's offending occurred over a 15-month period, from February 2006, against three young women in Hamilton. All were strangers to Mataia.
Mataia's final victim, a 14-year-old, was forced into his car as she walked home from school and taken to his home, where she was raped. In his appeal, defence counsel Richard Barnsdale said Judge Merelina Burnett gave insufficient credit to Mataia's guilty pleas. Mataia's grasp of English was poor and the judge had placed too much emphasis on a probation officer's assessment of the defendant's remorse. In sentencing, Judge Burnett noted the danger Mataia posed to young women, the progression in seriousness of his offending and his lack of insight into his actions. The Court of Appeal ruled the sentence was not excessive given the seriousness of the offending.
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Sentenced to 11 years with a 6 year minimum non-parole period in October 2008
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