Ashumendra Rohit Prasad
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From Waikato Times story 9th May 2013
Two Hamilton men have been sentenced to lengthy prison terms after being found guilty of the rape and abduction of a 15-year-old Hamilton girl. Benjamin Nilesh Goundar, 24 and Ashumendra Rohit Prasad, 27, were today sentenced to 16 years and 15 years respectively in the High Court at Hamilton for the multiple rapes, sexual violations, abduction, of a 15-year-old girl and her 17-year-old cousin while walking along Boundary Rd, Hamilton about 1am in December 2011. Justice Ailsa Duffy also handed down minimum non-parole periods; Goundar six-and-a-half years after being deemed the ringleader, and Prasad, five-and-a-half years; he had been found to only being a party to five out of six sexual offences.
The court heard Goundar and Prasad drove past the victims before turning around and offering them a ride. The girls said no and they drove off but then turned around and asked them again. They eventually persuaded the girls to get in the car after offering food and drink and to take them straight home. However, the victims started to panic, becoming fearful, when Goundar, who was driving, headed towards Waikato University. They drove out to a rural property and pulled into a driveway. The girls tried to escape but the younger victim was grabbed and pulled into the car while her cousin was punched in the nose. After unsuccessful attempts to rescue her cousin, the 17-year-old ran up the driveway to get help and police were called.
Meanwhile, Goundar and Prasad drove off to a secluded layby in Tamahere. Goundar got in the back seat with the girl and Prasad where they forced the victim to take her clothes off. She was then raped by the pair of them over several hours, both inside and outside of the car. She was then forced into the footwell of the passenger side of the car and driven to a car park on Dey St. Goundar then pointed, and told her "Fairfield is that way" ordering her to walk home. Justice Duffy said there were no mitigating features, as neither of the pair were remorseful and lacked insight into their offending. Goundar was assessed at being a high risk of reoffending, while Prasad was at medium risk.
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Assaulted a 17 year old Hamilton girl and abducted and raped a 15 year old girl multiple times in December 2011
Charges were rape, being party to rape, unlawful sexual connection (x3), male assaults female and abduction as well
Sentenced to 15 years with a 5 year 6 month non-parole period in May 2013
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