Christopher Roger King
A former ambulance paramedic who sexually assaulted patients in the back of an ambulance has been jailed for 14 and a half years.
Christopher King, 49, was sentenced by Judge Geoff Rea in Napier District Court this morning. The non-parole period was set at eight years.
Judge Rea said sentencing was difficult because he could find no similar cases and King's was possibly the worst of its kind.
The judge said King's offending had devastated the victims who had suffered the indignity of not having their claims believed.
The judge said the impact of King's offending on the St John Ambulance organisation, its officers and managers, had been profound.
Similarly the damage he had inflicted on the community would take years to repair, the judge said.
Judge Rea said he had heard nothing to convince him King should be treated with any mercy.
There were six victims and many instances of offending, which involved an outstanding breach of trust, the judge said.
"If there's remorse, it's far too late," Judge Rea said.
The crowded courtroom was filled mainly with victims and their families and supporters. Some cried quietly and shook their heads as they listened to the judge recount the details of King's offending. Ad Feedback
Victim impact statements were read to the court by two victims and the mother of a victim who has since died.
The mother said her family had trusted King with the care of their dying daughter in his ambulance and he had abused that trust.
She praised her daughter's courage in making her complaint to police but was sorry she had not lived to see King brought to justice.
King, who had been an ambulance driver in Waipawa and Waipukurau, has been held in custody since a jury found him guilty last month of eight charges of sexual offending against four female patients in the back of ambulances between 2010 and July last year.
Last week he pleaded guilty to a further five charges of sexual offending against girls aged 11 and 16 between 2002 and 2006.
Date of Birth
1966 (D.O.B. is approximate)
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Christopher Roger King Appeal Notes
OFFENCES / CONVICTIONS
|Event Date||Event||Court Location||Offence Type||Offence Date||Committed While||Sentence Imposed|
|8-10-2015||Appeal hearing||Court of Appeal Napier||Sexual violation by unlawful sexual connection||14 Years, 6 Months, Imprisonment||▼|