Malcolm John Platt
From NZ Herald story 6th May 2009
Sports trainer Malcolm John Platt mouthed "I love you" to his wife in the back of a Christchurch court today after being sentenced to 10 years' prison for raping and sexually violating a 16-year-old girl. Platt, 47, continues to maintain that the sexual activity was consensual, but the jury at his Christchurch District Court trial in late March returned three prompt guilty verdicts. Judge Michael Crosbie imposed a minimum non-parole term of four years. Judge Crosbie said today that the girl, who some had some mild intellectual impairment, had suffered "not inconsiderable sexual trauma". "The impact for this young woman is that if she did not already have enough trouble in her life, she will now have considerable issues as a result of this."
She had shown a marked age regression since the offence, had been diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder, and had been receiving ACC counselling. Defence counsel Paul Johnson asked for a merciful sentence for Platt, saying that his client had "misread the signals" from the girl. But Judge Crosbie rejected that. "This was a case of real gratification by an adult man preying on a young woman, much younger intellectually, who was extremely vulnerable," he said. The sentencing needed to impose a strong deterrent message, he said. He reduced Platt's jail term by a year because he had no previous convictions. He also noted that Platt had a "talented sporting past" and had been highly regarded as a boxing trainer. He has been in custody since the jury's guilty verdicts on March 26.
From the Christchurch Press 1st March 2010
Sports trainer Malcolm John Platt has lost his appeal against conviction for raping and sexually violating a 16-year-old girl but has had his sentenced reduced. The 47-year-old Christchurch man has had his 10-year jail term reduced to eight years, and the Court of Appeal, in a decision issued today, has also set aside a minimum four-year non-parole period. Platt, who maintained the sexual activity was consensual, was sentenced in Christchurch District Court last May by Judge Michael Crosbie, who said the that the girl, who had some mild intellectual impairment, had suffered ``not inconsiderable sexual trauma''.
``The impact for this young woman is that if she did not already have enough trouble in her life, she will now have considerable issues as a result of this,'' Judge Crosbie said. Platt had been in custody since a jury found him guilty on three counts in March. In its judgment, the Court of Appeal said it agreed with the submission by Platt's lawyer that he was a mature offender and the likelihood of reoffending was remote. In any event where sentences of imprisonment were imposed for sexual crimes the Parole Board rarely considered parole until two thirds of the sentence had expired, so there was no need to impose a minimum period of imprisonment.
---Last updated 17:04, April 6 2018 --- A prostitute who plotted with a client to train up a 10-year-old girl for the sex trade has been sent to jail. Former sports trainer Morgana Platt, 56, has previously been jailed for rape, and returned to court on Friday after scheming to coach the girl so she could be hired out. She also sent her client a book she had written about children becoming prostitutes and performing for adults' entertainment. Platt used to be known as Malcolm John Platt, but now identifies as a woman. READ MORE: * Sex offender recalled to jail for breaches * Rapist recalled to prison after parole breach * NZ's underbelly of forced sex trade involves Kiwis as young as 12, researcher says She was sentenced in the Palmerston North District Court to two years and nine months' jail for dealing with a person under 18 for sexual exploitation, supplying a copy of an objectionable material, and three charges of breaching parole. Platt was jailed in 2009 for raping and sexually violating a 16-year-old girl in Christchurch. The teenager later took her own life, indicating Platt's offending was the reason why, according to Parole Board documents. Platt was recalled to prison in 2014 for breaching parole, having tried to get work in an industry from which she was banned. The three latest breaches of parole involved her having an internet-capable device, and soliciting as a prostitute. It was through her sex work that she met a man, who was a client for some time. They came up with a plan in May 2017 to find a vulnerable girl Platt would seduce and train as a sex worker. Ad Feedback The client found a person who had a 10-year-old girl, and asked for a photo of the child. One was sent, which he forwarded on to Platt, who responded with "yummy", "delicious" and that the child could do well in the sex industry. The client was explicit with the person who had the child, saying he wanted to have sex with the girl. There were also arrangements made to meet the girl, although that did not happen. Platt also sent her client a 58-page book called My Story in a Child's World. Judge Stephanie Edwards said the book contained descriptions of incest and children becoming prostitutes. "It supports and promotes the exploitation of children," the judge said. Defence lawyer Debbie Goodlet said Platt wanted to take part in rehabilitation programmes. "Her motivation and way forward is to get treatment, rehabilitation and look towards reintegration." After her arrest, Platt said she took part in the plot with her client as a role play, but ceased involvement once she saw the photo. But the judge said she had "some difficulty" with that, mainly due to Platt's "enthusiastic response" to seeing the photo. Although the girl did not come into contact with Platt or her client, it was still serious offending, the judge said. "The fact is that all the offences that do not involve direct contact [with a child] are undeniably capable of resulting in serious offending. "Sentences must deter people from even engaging in these plans or discussions if we are to stop the terrible harm that could arise if these plans came to fruition." - Stuff
Date of Birth
1962 (D.O.B. is approximate)
Sentenced to 10 years with a 4 year minimum non-parole period in May 2009
Reduced to 8 years with no minimum term on appeal
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