Philip Michael James Hayward
A Blenheim man clutched his Bible and mouthed "I love you" to his supporters as he was sentenced to 13 years in prison for the rape of a child.
Philip Michael Hayward, 56, was told in the Blenheim District Court on Friday that he must serve a minimum parole period of seven years.
He was found guilty on two charges of rape and one charge of stupefying his victim using sleeping tablets and alcohol after an eight-day trial at the court in July.
The offending, on a girl aged between 10 and 13, took place in Blenheim between August 1998 and August 2001. Hayward denied the charges and maintained his innocence when he appeared in court on Friday. When asked if he had anything to say when his verdict was read out, he said "only that I'm not guilty".
About 30 people filled the court gallery, many of them supporters from Hayward's church.
Hayward, dressed in a checked shirt and a brown sweatshirt, appeared calm as he sat in the dock for Judge Gus Andree Wiltens to give his sentence.
Defence lawyer Lester Cordwell made final submissions, telling the judge that Hayward had been kept in "quite awful" conditions at the Blenheim Police Station since he was moved there on Monday last week. Hayward had been kept in a small cell with no windows for almost 24 hours a day and had been wearing the same underwear for the past five or six days, Cordwell said.
"He has been treated like a third-class citizen and I'm appalled by it."
The judge said Hayward would be taken to Christchurch later in the day.
He said it appeared Hayward had used a concoction of drugs and alcohol on the girl over a period of at least three years.
He had to consider aggravating factors in his decision, including the planning and premeditation of the offending and the threats made to prevent the victim reporting it.
In her victim impact statement, the girl said as a result of the offending she had tried to kill herself, was afraid of loud noise, afraid to go out at night, found it difficult to be around men she didn't know, and felt guilt at what happened to her.
The hardest thing was telling her mother, she said in the statement.
If Hayward had pleaded guilty at an earlier stage, he could have reduced his sentence, but his continued denial of the offending showed no remorse and no possibility of treatment or rehabilitation, the judge said.
He sentenced Hayward to 13 years in prison on one charge of rape; 10 years on the second charge of rape; and two years on the charge of stupefying. All three charges are to be served concurrently.
Date of Birth
1958 (D.O.B. is approximate)
Three Strikes Status
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OFFENCES / CONVICTIONS
|Event Date||Event||Court Location||Offence Type||Offence Date||Committed While||Sentence Imposed|
|12-09-2014||Sentencing||Blenheim District Court||Sexual violation by rape||13 Years, Imprisonment||▼|