Rape and sexual violation of five Christchurch women in four seperate attacks in their homes in 1980, 1988, 1994 and 1996
Has since admitted to another sex attack
Also various burglary convictions
Sentenced to just 3 years for the first rape
Sentenced to just 6 years in September 1997
Sentenced to preventive detention with a 10 year minimum term in February 2000
Parole declined February 2014
Has next hearing February 2015
Christchurch Press story here
NZ Herald story 3rd March 2014
A repeat rapist serving a sentence of preventive detention has admitted to another sex offence at a parole hearing. Tavita Tuetue, 57, was sentenced in 2000 to preventive detention after being found guilty of a series of brutal home invasions and rapes of young women in the Christchurch area. At a parole hearing in February, he read a letter acknowledging responsibility for further offending against another woman.
He had been told at a previous hearing in 2013 that police had linked him to the crime through DNA, however the victim did not wish to pursue charges. At that hearing, in February 2013, Tuetue said he had disclosed all his offending and had nothing further to admit. The board requested that the information from police about the timing and detail of the offence be provided to Tuetue. At last month's hearing, Tuetue changed his stance and acknowledged he was responsible for the crime.
He said he had not been prepared to discuss it before, but following the death of one of his supporters, and on reflection, he wanted to take full responsibility for all his offending. Tuetue did not seek parole. The board said he has been removed from reintegrative activities because of the risk of prosecution and a further finite sentence, which would affect his eligibility for parole. The board noted another of his victims opposed parole because he had not yet fully disclosed his offending to family and friends.
From a Dominion article 25th February 2000
A remorseless serial rapist has been told he must stay in jail till he has confronted and overcome his "dark side" of deep-seated sexual problems. Tavita Tuetue, 43, raped or sexually assaulted lone women in their homes late at night in 1980, 1988, 1994 and 1996. He served a three-year jail term for the first rape and was serving a six-year jail term for the 1996 attack when his dna was matched to semen and blood from the two other attacks.
In the High Court in Christchurch, Justice Panckhurst rejected the submission by Tuetue's lawyer, Des Boyle, that a finite sentence was sufficient to protect the public, and imposed instead a term of preventive detention. The sentence means Tuetue will serve at least 10 years before he is eligible to be freed. The victim of the 1988 rape was not at court but said earlier that nothing less than preventive detention was enough.
Justice Panckhurst described the latest offending, for which Tuetue was found guilty of raping one woman, sexually violating the other and related burglary charges, as "truly shocking". In all four attacks, the victims had been alone in their city flats either late at night or early in the morning when they were confronted in their beds by a disguised intruder. Tuetue restrained and threatened them before sexually violating or raping them.
Justice Panckhurst said a psychiatric report showed Tuetue had no mental disorder and was incredibly reticent about discussing sexual matters. "I have no doubt that you have a deep-seated sexual problem for which you have consistently declined treatment and that position has not apparently changed since your last conviction. "Whether and when it is safe for you to be released is in your hands. Until you confront your dark side and accept treatment, you must remain in prison."
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