Michael Harry Mutu Tumai
NZ Herald story December 1989 condensed here
The abduction and double rape of a 29-year-old woman was totally reprehensible, degrading and disgusting, a High Court Judge said at Auckland yesterday. Mr Justice Sinclair was sentencing Michael Tumai , aged 32, who was last months found guilty by jury trial of abduction, two rape charges and sexual violation by unlawful sexual connection.
The unemployed Mangere defendant was jailed for nine and a half years for each rape, and seven years each for the violation and kidnapping offences, all terms to be served concurrently. The judge said the unfortunate victim was driving home on the night of April 17th when she stopped for traffic lights at the intersection of Kirkbride Rd and George Bolt Memorial Drive in Mangere. "You were lurking in the vicinity" Mr Justice Sinclair told Tumai. "You hopped in her car and virtually hijacked her."
The victim was subjected to threats and forced to drive to a deserted area, where the defendant assaulted and sexually violated her. "Then you took her back to the motel where you were staying and raped her not once but twice after she had pleaded with you to be able to go home to her husband and baby" said the judge.
Mr Justice Sinclair said Tumai had given evidence at the trial that he thought the woman was consenting. The defendant continued with that view in a letter submitted to the judge yesterday. "Tumai, if that's your belief, you're living in an Alice-in-Wonderland world. The sooner you get back to reality... the better". The judge noted the defendant had a long list of convictions going back to 1972 but these were the first sexual crimes.
Date of Birth
Abduction and multiple rape of a Mangere woman in April 1989
Also numerous other convictions back to 1972...
Was at large in Papakura
Sentenced to 9 years 6 months in December 1989
Later reduced to 8 years 6 months on appeal
This was for each rape, and 7 years each for the violation and kidnapping offences
All terms to be served concurrently.
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