Charles Alfred Cunningham
You are for sentence this morning in relation to two representative charges of rape, one of which was charged under the Crimes Act 1908 and one under the Crimes Act 1961, although at a time before the increase of the maximum penalty for that crime to its present level. You are also for sentence upon one individual charge of attempted rape and 15 charges of indecent assault, 10 of them committed against children less than 12 years of age, four against children between 12 and 16 years of age, and one against a girl who was over 16 years of age at the time.
You eventually entered pleas of guilty to these 18 crimes on the commencement of what would have been the third day of your trial in this courtroom. Those pleas were entered after three of the 12 complainants had gone through the ordeal of giving evidence, one of them I recall only in part.
This offending spanned a period of more than 20 years. It was from about 1960 until approximately 1984. It was as I have just noted against 12 separate complainants, all children, all female.
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|Event Date||Event||Court Location||Offence Type||Offence Date||Committed While||Sentence Imposed|
|18-3-2005||Sentencing||High Court Timaru||Sexual violation by rape||9 Years, Imprisonment||▼|