Brian Reginald McDonald
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Bay of Plenty Times story 4th March 2005
A man who repeatedly sexually violated his daughter over four years has been jailed for four years - and named and shamed by this newspaper. Brian Reginald McDonald, 64 - also known as "Mac" - was jailed by Judge Ian Thomas in Tauranga District Court this week. The retired Gate Pa man had initially pleaded not guilty to three representative charges of inducing an indecent act with a girl aged between 12 and 16, indecent assault on a female aged 12 to 16, and sodomy on a girl aged 16 years and over. There was also a further one-off charge of performing an indecent act on her. But when the case was due to go to trial last month he pleaded guilty.
His daughter's identity is suppressed by law, which would normally mean either he cannot be named or, if he is, anything that identifies his daughter being the victim cannot be published. However, the Bay of Plenty Times has decided to name him and reveal that he abused his daughter, who has a different surname, after she agreed this week. She did not want her name published. The victim agreed to talk to the Bay of Plenty Times about her ordeal. She is glad her father has been jailed. "He's got what he deserves, he's going to know what it's like now to suffer," she said. "I want to thank everyone for helping me get the justice he finally deserves, it's been a long time coming. "Twenty-odd years I've been waiting for this day."
She said she felt "absolute relief" that her father was behind bars. The woman was pleased to have found a detective in Tauranga who believed her story and took the case to trial. But she then had the fear of the looming trial and was relieved when her father decided to plead guilty. "It did save me having to give evidence, that was a relief." She is now trying to get on with her life in Tauranga. "I used to have nightmares about it but they're quietening down." She has destroyed any pictures she had of her father. The charges related to historical offending when the girl - now a woman in her late 30s - was between the ages of 12 and 16. Her father would make her play with him in the bath, threatening her that if she told anyone he would go to jail.
The offending got worse when the victim was about 14 years old and her mother started working Friday nights. Her father would then make her get in the shower with him, where he would indecently assault her. This happened about once a week for two years. When she turned 15 her father started sodomising her every Friday night until she turned 16. The offending did not stop until she told a friend what was happening. In court on Wednesday, Crown prosecutor Rob Ronayne told Judge Thomas that the man should be sentenced to six years' jail for the pain he had inflicted on his daughter. Reading from the victim impact statement Mr Ronayne told the court how the victim felt "unwanted and unloved" as a result of the offending.
In her statement, she went on to say how later in life she became suicidal from the abuse and had tried to overdose several times. Mr Ronayne argued that the man's offending was repetitive, prolonged and continued over a number of years. He also said the offending was a gross breach of trust, especially given the victim's age and her position as a family member. Another aggravating factor was the way the man had tried to play down the offending and sought to argue that his daughter had been older than the age stated in the police allegations. Defending, solicitor Christopher Tennet asked the court to take into consideration his age and ill health. He said the man was suffering from asthma and emphysema and would suffer in prison.
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Inducing an indecent act with a girl aged 12-16 (3 representative charges), indecent assault on a female aged 12-16, sodomy of a girl aged over 16 and performing an indecent act on a girl, all charges relate to his daughter committed between the 1960s and 1970s
Sentenced to four years in March 2005
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