From the Manawatu Standard 27th June 2008
A 20-year-old man who raped an intellectually disabled man in a "degrading" sex attack was served a seven-year jail sentence in Palmerston North District Court yesterday. Peter Zame had pleaded guilty to raping the 24-year-old man on May 15, 2006. Crown prosecutor Paul Murray told the court of the "predatory, cruel and demeaning" attack on a vulnerable man.
"He took advantage of him in a degrading and very serious way," Mr Murray said. First Zame demanded to let him cut his hair "or he would smash him" - then gave him a "reverse Mohawk" cut, Judge Nevin Dawson said. The two men then continued to inhale cannabis oil and drink alcohol in a sleepout at Zame's home.
But a violent and sexual attack followed, until the victim was left vomiting in the garden. The victim's psychiatric damage was enormous and, according to his mother, had now reverted back to the age of a 5 year old, Judge Dawson said. Zame had no memory of the rape and showed no empathy towards the victim, he said. "It was appalling behaviour which cannot be condoned." Zame, who was 18 years old at the time of the attack, pleaded guilty to the charges once DNA evidence was found, the court heard. He stared blankly from the dock as he was sentenced to seven years' imprisonment and fined $10,882.
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Rape of an intellectually disabled Palmerston North man in May 2006
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Sentenced to 7 years and fined $10,882 in June 2008
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