Robert Gordon Sanday
From a Dominion article 15th April 1999
A COMMUNITY worker who forced a severely disabled woman to have sex with him has been jailed for 8 1/2 years.Otahuhu District Court was told the victim suffered rubella as a baby, couldn't speak, was blind in one eye, and required 24-hour care. Robert Gordon Sanday, 26, of Mangere, South Auckland, pleaded guilty to raping the 30-year-old woman in a toilet at a Society for the Intellectually Handicapped home in Otara, South Auckland.Police said Sanday lived with his crime for five months before his conscience led him to confess in March.
The court was told Sanday was working at the home as a community worker, running a computer course, when he raped the woman, some time between July and October last year. Sanday confessed to ejaculating into his hand to avoid any risk of medical evidence that could later be used to convict him. Crown prosecutor Morag McDowell said caregivers at the home saw the woman's behaviour change markedly after the rape. She was often sick but staff were unable to work out what was wrong because she was unable to communicate. Sanday's confession led doctors to diagnose the woman's condition as stress-related.
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Rape of a severely intellectually handicapped Otara woman in early 1999
Sentenced to 8 years 6 months in April 1999
Reduced on appeal to 7 years in July 1999
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