Joseph Stephenson Thompson
From Brian Harmer's WYSIWYG News July 1995
Joseph Stephenson Thompson, 36, a cleaner and storeman from Mt Albert pleaded guilty to a 129 charges of which 71 were of a sexual nature. The youngest of his victims was aged 10, the oldest 43. Thirty-two of his offences were against people who were 16 or younger. His family were apparently taken by surprise when Thompson was charged, having no idea of his nocturnal habits. He made some remarks which likened his need for sexual gratification to the fact that when he was hungry for a feed, he went into the kitchen and got one.
He has cooperated fully with the police since his arrest, having confessed to a significant number of crimes which the police did not know about. Several of these were rapes, about which no complaints had been laid. Several of the victims were raped more than once on different occasions.
Mr Justice Fisher sentenced Thompson in the High Court in Auckland to the most severe penalty for any crime since the abolition of capital punishment. For the offences committed before 1 September 1993, Thompson gets a fixed jail term of 30 years. For the later offences, he is sentenced to preventive detention with a minimum of 25 years before he is eligible to be considered for parole. The judge told Thomas that it was quite possible that he would spend the rest of his life in prison.
Also see this excellent article at crime.co.nz
Herald on Sunday report 21st February 2010
New Zealand's most notorious rapist, Joseph Thompson, has been sentenced to 10 years in jail after admitting two further attacks against young girls - taking the number of his victims to 49. Yesterday he pleaded guilty to raping two girls in his home in 1993. The victims were cousins, aged about 10 and 11, who were at Thompson's house during a social function.
Date of Birth
Three Strikes Status
Jailed for a minimum 25 years non-parole in August 1995
Jailed for 10 years in February 2010, and this term will be served concurrently
Unsuccessfully appealed this sentence in May 1996
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Associated Media Links http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/crime/3351868/Worst-rapist-admits-more
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