Dominion Post story 6th November 2004
A voluntary court worker and Samoan chief has been jailed for 14 years for sex offences. Pio Vise, 53, had helped Samoans at Wellington District Court since 1998 but he was in the dock in the High Court yesterday. Justice Ron Young said Vise maintained his innocence in the face of overwhelming evidence.
A jury last month found him guilty of six charges of rape, four of sexual violation by unlawful sexual connection, three of indecent assault and two of inducing a girl to perform an indecent act. Only his contribution to the Samoan community, through voluntary work and on the Samoan Advisory Council -- and his position as a matai reduced what would otherwise have been a 15-year jail term, the judge said. He ordered Vise to serve at least eight years of the 14-year jail term. The first assault took place in Samoa in 1996 when the victim was nine.
The abuse continued the following year when Vise and the girl both arrived in New Zealand. As well as the sexual abuse, Vise was also violent toward his wife, but she sided with him when the girl accused him, Justice Young said. Vise had threatened the girl and tried to stop her giving evidence, the judge said. Vise still faces a charge of attempting to pervert the course of justice.
Date of Birth
1951 (D.O.B. is approximate)
Sentenced to 14 years with a 8 year minimum non-parole period in November 2004
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OFFENCES / CONVICTIONS
|Event Date||Event||Court Location||Offence Type||Offence Date||Committed While||Sentence Imposed|
|05-11-2004||Sentencing Date is approx||High Court Wellington||Sexual violation by rape||24-12-1999||14 Years, Imprisonment||▼|