William Douglas Newson
William Douglas Newson, you appear for sentence today on 17 representative charges under the Crimes Act 1961. You were found guilty at trial in the District Court on a range of offences against two young victims. You committed the following offences on the victim who was between the ages of 6 and 14 when you offended against her.
In the early 1990s you met the family of your first victim. When your marriage deteriorated and the victim’s mother ended her own marriage, the two of you became involved in a relationship. That culminated in you moving into her home, where she was living with the victim and the victim’s brother. You became part of the family, taking on the role of stepfather. When the victim was seven years old, you began entering her bedroom naked between 6-6.30 in the morning, when you were getting up for your shift work as a printer and the other occupants of the house were still sleeping. You would wake her and masturbate while she watched. You would whisper to her and on occasion, place her hand on your penis. On other occasions, you would put your hand between her legs and touch her vagina. On at least one occasion, you managed to penetrate her vagina with your finger. This offending happened on a regular basis, approximately every two days over a period of some eight years. She would cover herself with sheets and face the wall to try and prevent you from offending against her. To this end, she started wearing underwear beneath her pyjamas to curb your attentions. None of these measures worked.
You also took advantage of other opportunities to offend against your victim. On at least one occasion you took her for a piggyback ride and used it as an opportunity to touch the victim’s vagina as you held her on your back. While she was playing Playstation seated on the floor, you would sit behind her and touch her vagina through her clothing. You would masturbate in front of her in the lounge. When she was a teenager, you began taking her for driving lessons and would pull over during the lesson and masturbate in front of her.
You stopped offending against this victim in approximately 2001. As is often the way, she did not say anything about your offending until 2006, when she became aware of allegations of sexual abuse that had been made against you in respect of the second victim. She met with you and discussed the offending with you with a tape recorder secreted in her pocket. During the course of that conversation, you told her about a time when you performed oral sex on her.
Your second victim was a young girl living in the same area. You were friendly with the people in the property neighbouring the house she lived in, and you cultivated a friendship with her parents. Between 2002 and 2005 you would often park your car in the neighbour’s drive on the pretext of waiting for your friends to return home. You would call to the victim, who often played in the street, and ask her to come over and see you. When she did, you would be naked from the waist down. You made her watch you masturbate and you would ask her to touch your penis. She refused to do so, but you continued to offend against her. You would normalise this behaviour by referring to having done it with the first victim. When prompted by a friend at around the age of ten in 2005, she told her mother about the offending and then the matter came to light.
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OFFENCES / CONVICTIONS
|Event Date||Event||Court Location||Offence Type||Offence Date||Committed While||Sentence Imposed|
|21-09-2007||Sentencing||High Court Auckland||Sexual violation by unlawful sexual connection||8 Years, 6 Months, Imprisonment||▼|