Douglas John Templer
From the Southland Times 17th July 1999
A breach of trust described as "gross and despicable" contributed to the nine-year jail term handed down to the convicted rapist of a severely handicapped woman when he appeared before Justice Hansen, of Christchurch , in the High Court at Invercargill yesterday. Douglas John Templer, 38, courier driver, was found guilty of having raped the woman during April and May 1997 by a jury last week. Justice Hansen said the rape arose in circumstances where Templer was an IHC caregiver and the victim was a resident in an IHC home. "It is clear that she was very severely handicapped. The matter only came to light when she suffered from a spontaneous abortion."
Templer had denied the charge when in view of the evidence a guilty verdict was almost inevitable, Justice Hansen said. "You seem to have managed, despite overwhelming evidence, to convince your wife and family and supporters that you are somehow innocent - that seems to have added to their trauma which would have been great in any event. "In maintaining his denial, Templer, through the course of two trials, had cast aspersions on other IHC staff and clients suggesting they could be responsible. Templer had also questioned the validity of the DNA evidence although a scientist employed by him had access to all the information before the trial. "Obviously because he was not called to give evidence he could not challenge those results in any way," Justice Hansen said.
The impact on the IHC manager who was present when the victim aborted and the victim's parents had been significant, Justice Hansen said."Unlike many cases there will not be mental trauma to the victim in this case because of the severity of the handicap. That is a two-edged sword, it highlights what an abuse of trust there really was," Justice Hansen said. "It is hard, quite frankly, to imagine a more gross or despicable breach of trust than occurred in this particular case." Counsel John Pringle said Templer maintained the position he had held throughout the trial. "I am in no position to comment specifically on the facts in this case," Mr Pringle said
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Rape of a severely handicapped Invercargill woman while he was an IHC caregiver during April and May 1997
At large in Rolleston, Canterbury
Was sentenced to 9 years in July 1999
Upheld on appeal in September 1999
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