Geoffrey Aaron Moore
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The Press (Christchurch), 11th August 2000
Geoffrey Aaron Moore has begun a 10-year jail sentence but the Crown says it will be some time, if at all, before his rape victim can put the matter behind her. Justice Chisholm said the case invoked the harsher penalties of the home-invasion legislation, and he took account of a victim impact report which hesaid "makes distressing reading".
Moore had been on trial a month ago, charged with the rape of the 28-year-old woman, and also with stupefying the woman beforehand by spiking her drink when they were at a tavern, and burgling the house where he raped her.
The Crown alleged that codeine had been put into a bottle of pre- mixed drink given to her by Moore, and that after he helped take her to her ex- partner's home and put her to bed almost senseless, Moore broke into the house and raped her while she was powerless to move or speak. The jury found him not guilty ofstupefying the woman, but guilty of the rape and burglary.
Moore had claimed that after he broke into the house to steal money, the sex was consensual, but Justice Chisholm said: "Once you were in the house, you took the opportunity to rape this totally defenceless victim. At the time you were well aware of her condition and her vulnerability. You knew that she wasincapable of consenting, and that she did not (consent)."
Counsel for Moore, Jeanette Aickin, said the rape offence did not have the hallmarks of long-term planning and might be said to have been opportunistic. Although rape was a violent offence, the complainant had not suffered any significant physical injuries, she said.
Moore had previous convictions, but none for sexual offending. She urged the judge to impose a sentence that would still "give him the opportunity to alter his pattern of behaviour, to change from any possible indication that he might be heading off in a more serious and dangerous direction".
Crown prosecutor Philippa Currie said Moore had taken full advantage of the victim's state, and in the probation officer's report still maintained he was innocent. A significant aggravating factor was the impact on the complainant, she said. "It seems it will be some time, if at all, before she will be able to put this matter behind her."
Mrs Currie said Moore had "pages and pages of criminal history". The judge said Moore had been frequently before the courts since 1992, with many convictions for burglary, theft, and car conversion, and also a conviction for receiving stolen property. "Generally violence has stayed out of your repertoire, though you have a conviction for threatening to kill, and also for having an offensive weapon."
Moore, a 22-year-old sickness beneficiary, was jailed for 10 years for the rape, and given shorter concurrent jail terms for the burglary, another burglary of his mother's house in which liquor was taken, and the unlawful taking of a car.
The Press (Christchurch), 12th July 2000
A woman who became ill at a tavern - the Crown says her drink was spiked - says the man who gave her the drink later raped her while she was virtually unconscious. The Crown says the man, 22, broke into the house where he knew the woman's friends had put her to bed to recover.
The woman told the High Court in Christchurch that she could neither move nor talk nor scream when she felt the man having sex with her. She said she knew the man in the room was Geoffrey Aaron Moore, though she could see his head but not his face. She had known him for years, and he had told her, "Cheers", whenhe gave her a bottle of bourbon and cola at the tavern.
She said she could see things, as if through smoke. "Through the smoke all I could see was grey, and this head was in the grey, and I knew it was Geoffrey. I tried to see his face, but I could not open my eyes properly."
Before Justice Chisholm and a jury, Moore, a sickness beneficiary, has denied charges of stupefying the woman with intent to facilitate the crime of sexual violation or indecent assault, burglary, and rape.
The woman, 28, told the court that she was drinking with friends, including Moore, at a tavern during the afternoon of December 11. She drank four bottles of premixed rum and cola, and then Moore gave her a bottle of bourbon and cola. She did not like bourbon, but she drank some of it, and began to feel strange.It was not like being drunk. She explained: "I could hear but I could not see. It was as if I was asleep. I could hear everything, and knew what was going on, but could not look."
Her former partner, along with some friends including Moore, took her to his house, took off her boots, and put her to bed. She had vomited on the way. "The next time I woke up I knew Geoffrey was in the room," she said. She could feel that he had her by the legs and was slowly moving her towards the end of the bed.
"I wanted (my former partner) to come help me. I wasn't able to speak. I was trying to scream and tell him to stop and go away. I could see my legs but I could not move them. I could not move anything. I could not even open my eyes properly." She felt him have sex with her. She woke later to find her jeans and underwear had been removed, and she could not find the jeans. She found there was semen on her.
She was asked about medical tests showing she had taken codeine. She said she had not taken the drug, and the prescription medicine she took for migraines did not contain codeine. She was asked about Moore's claim in his statement to the police that she had had consensual sex. She said she had been taking acne medication which caused her to have sore, split lips. She could not have initiated oral sex with Moore, as he stated when interviewed by the police. She denied flirting with him at the hotel. "That's not true," she said. "I find him horrible. He's a kid."
Cross-examined by defence counsel Jeanette Aickin, she denied saying to Moore at the tavern that she loved him, even jokingly. She said she did not have epilepsy, and did not have fits. She had panadeine in the house but took it rarely, because of her migraine medication.
She denied that, because she and her former partner - the father of her two children - had been considering reconciling as friends, she did not want to admit that she had played any part in the sexual activity.
She denied that while they were in the bedroom she had touched Moore's close-cropped head and said his nickname, Goofy. "He helped himself to sex with me. That's why I felt disgusted, dirty," she said.
Philippa Currie, for the Crown, said in her opening address that Moore had been driven to the house again during the night by someone else, to burgle it for money. When he came back out he told the driver that he had had sex. She said Moore had taken the woman's jeans by mistake, when he picked up his own jacket, and had thrown them away.
Date of Birth
Home invasion and rape of a Christchurch woman in December 1999
Has more recently assaulted a 12 year old girl and threatened to kill her and his partner with a knife
Previous convictions for for threatening to kill, plus for having an offensive weapon, along with many for burglary, theft, and car conversion, and also a conviction for receiving stolen property
Sentenced to 10 years in August 2000
Sentenced to 20 months with 6 month post-release conditions in October 2011
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