Allan James McCreath
From Christchurch Press story 24th May 2002
A man described as a sexual predator has been sentenced to preventive detention in the High Court in Christchurch after a particularly vicious rape. Allan James McCreath, 32, was sentenced yesterday by Justice Chisholm after being found guilty of two counts of rape, two of sexual violation, and abducting a woman. The charges arose from a sexual attack on a teenager by McCreath soon after he had been released on parole from a previous sentence for rape committed in 1994. He abducted a 16-year-old Christchurch woman and subjected her to a prolonged sex attack involving two rapes and sodomy, the ordeal leaving her devastated. Justice Chisholm said McCreath had made the most of an opportunity when the victim was upset after an altercation with someone else. "This was obviously premeditated and calculated offending. It is clear you have absolutely no empathy for the victim or the suffering you caused her. Presumably you have no empathy for any of your victims," he said.
After the attack McCreath had threatened the victim with what would happen if she went to the police. "It is fortunate she had the courage to tell the police. Her courage has no doubt saved other people from the potential risk you pose to the community," his Honour said. Defence counsel Jeff McCall said the main issue for the court was if there was a sentence that would still protect the public other than preventive detention. McCreath accepted he had issues that needed intervention, and was prepared to take rehabilitative programmes. For the Crown, Gerard Lynch said the court could have little confidence McCreath would avail himself of treatment, because he had offended in the past while under treatment. He had a past of multiple sexual offending, and was under a final warning from his last sentence for rape. The victim now had a constant sense of being at risk, lived in a hyper-vigilant state, and felt her body had been somehow spoilt by rape.
The victim in 1994 had said she could not adequately describe her "devastating, horrible feelings," and that it was a day she would never forget and could only learn to live with, said Mr Lynch. Police had described McCreath as a sexual predator who left devastating emotional scars on his victims. Justice Chisholm said McCreath had locked the victim in a car and demanded she take off her clothes, using a knife to threaten her. The attack had been prolonged, and the sodomy offence particularly callous. She had pleaded with him not to do it because of a medical condition she had surgery for, but McCreath had ignored her pleas. He had even had the gall to tell probation she was a willing party, and the offending occurred within months of McCreath's release from jail for the earlier rape, to which there were similarities. He had blown earlier chances to get treatment. All the evidence showed a serious risk of reoffending, and the female public had to be protected, said his Honour.
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Double rape and repeated sexual violation of a 16 year old Christchurch woman in July 2001
Committed this offence shortly after being released on parole from another rape
Offender boasted to his victim that he had "raped lots of chicks before"
Michael McCreath (twin brother)
Sentenced to indefinite preventive detention in May 2002
Sentenced in 1994 to 10 years for the earlier rape
Unsuccessfully sought leave to appeal pre-trial rulings in March 2002
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