Frederick John Nash
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From the Northern Advocate 1st October 2008
The case of a recidivist sex offender has been transferred to the High Court with a recommendation for preventive detention. Frederick John Nash, 27, appeared for sentencing in the Whangarei District Court on Monday after earlier pleading guilty to three charges of indecent assault. The Department of Corrections recommended preventive detention in light of Nash's previous offending of a similar nature, including indecency with animals.
The District Court does not have the jurisdiction to order preventive detention, which is an indeterminate, life-long sentence, imposed on high-risk offenders. They cannot be released from jail as long as they are still considered a risk to the community. According to the probation report, Nash targets vulnerable young women and his readiness and motivation to change has been assessed as low. Nash committed the latest offences between June 14 and 17 this year on a woman whom he referred to as a "distant cousin". Crown prosecutor Peter Magee submitted that the case be transferred to the High Court because, despite several previous interventions to help Nash change his behaviour, he had continued to offend.
He said a psychiatrist's and a psychologist's report was needed for the court to make an informed decision on the appropriate sentence. But defence lawyer John Day asked that the court call for the two reports before deciding on the next course of action, as they could recommend against preventive detention. Judge Raoul Neave said while it was unusual for a pre-sentence report to recommend preventive detention, Nash had previous convictions of indecent assault. He said psychiatrists who had assessed him over the years classified Nash a high-risk offender. He remanded Nash in custody for a callover in the High Court at Whangarei on November 6.
Date of Birth
1981 (D.O.B. is approximate)
Sentenced to preventive detention with a 5 year minimum term in December 2008
Parole declined August 2013
Due for another hearing August 2014
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