Riaan Gustav Van Niekerk
From the Dominion Post 7th December 2002
Members of victims' families wept yesterday as the man who sexually abused their sons was jailed for seven years. Riaan Gustav Van Niekerk, 35, an accountant who used to work for Upper Hutt City Council, had pleaded guilty to 21 charges of indecent assault, inducing boys to do indecent acts, unlawful sexual connection and anal intercourse.
Eighteen of the charges related to one victim from between April 2000 and June this year. Wellington District Court judge Andrew Becroft told Van Niekerk he had shattered the families of the victims and the effects on the boys were incalculable. He had been trusted by the families who had allowed him to stay overnight and take the boys on ski trips. He abused brothers of one family.
Families and victims watching from the back of the court cried and comforted one another as the judge spoke. The judge said the main victim was scared of Van Niekerk and hated him, petrified others would find out and scarred because of the atmosphere of dishonesty and deceit Van Niekerk had created.
He said Van Niekerk had been well respected, had community support and had a good job before the police investigation. Defence lawyer Paul Paino said Van Niekerk acknowledged the breach of trust and had been motivated to avoid the boys having to give evidence in a trial. He said Van Niekerk was a first offender but had been warned that he would be at risk of preventive detention if he offended again.
Date of Birth
1966 (D.O.B. is approximate)
Three Strikes Status
Sentenced to seven years in December 2002
Released 2008, deported back to South Africa
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