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From the Evening Post 8th May 1998
A repeat sexual offender has been sentenced on appeal to preventive detention after being convicted of raping a five-year-old girl. Emani Seu, 40, continued to deny guilt, the Court of Appeal heard. The Solicitor-General appealed the nine and-a-half year jail sentence imposed on Seu, saying Seu should have been sentenced to preventive detention or at least a longer term. Preventive detention is an indefinite jail sentence and a prisoner is not eligible for parole for at least 10 years.
In 1986, Seu had pleaded guilty to raping 11 13-year-old sisters and was sentenced to six years jail. Seu knew the mothers of all three girls. After hearing the Solicitor-General's appeal in Christchurch in March, the Court of Appeal on Wednesday increased Seu's term. The court said all the charges Seu faced represented repeated incidents and he also had a "long list" of other convictions.
A psychiatrist had assessed Seu as "highly likely" to offend again. His complete denials meant he was unsuitable for sexual offender treatment. In the judgment of Chief Justice Sir Thomas Eichelbaum, Justice Thomas and Justice Goddard, the court said it was significant that had the nine and-a-half year sentence remained, Seu would have been released after serving two-thirds of the sentence without parole conditions being set, and without the ability to recall him to the sentence.
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Sentenced to preventive detention in May 1998
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Emani Seu Appeal Notes
Emani Seu Sentencing Notes
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