Leslie David Watson
A psychiatric report stated that Watson admitted he had always been attracted to young girls, and he always resisted the temptation to molest them, and that he masturbated when he sexually aroused. It was evident that these were premeditated, well planned and intentional, and that he was capable of understanding the nature and quality of the act, and knowing the act was morally wrong. At interview with a psychiatrist he showed no remorse and appeared to have no concern of his actions and he tried to blame the medical profession for not being able to remedy his sexual disorder.
Watson had been assessed by different psychiatrists and psychologists in the past. He was not found to be suffering from schizophrenia or any psychiatric disorder but from an anti-social personality disorder. In addition he was also suffering from a "psycho-sexual disorder" namely paedophilia.
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Date of Birth
Rape of a 14 year old girl near New Plymouth using a knife in January 1979
Sexually violated a 12 year old girl in 1987 while on parole from this offence
Also committed a "very" minor sexual offence with another girl in the 1960s
A lengthy list of previous convictions dating back to when he was 14, including being under Child Welfare supervision for burglary
Sentenced to 10 years in 1979 for which he served 7 years
Sentenced to preventive detention in Hamilton in March 1988
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