A former door-to-door salesman who whipped a woman into submission on the side of a road, raped her on his car's bonnet, and dominated and degraded her over several months has been jailed for 16 years. Akhil Tomar, 26, was sentenced by Justice Timothy Brewer in the High Court at Rotorua today for a host of sex and violence offences that took place between February and August last year. He imposed a minimum non-parole period of eight years. Tomar had been found guilty by a jury of multiple charges against an 18-year-old he coerced into sex in her parents' shed when he called at her home selling electricity, before convincing her to live with him. The charges included five of sexual violation by rape, two of sexual violation by unlawful sexual connection, three of assault with a weapon, two of detaining her with the intention of having unlawful sexual connection, one of kidnapping and one of injuring with intent to injure. The offending occurred in Kawerau, Rotorua, Gisborne, Napier and Whakatane as well as on a trip to Mt Ruapehu where he pulled off the road, ordering her to remove her pants. When she refused, he whipped her with his belt until she fell into a puddle and, in acute pain, felt she had no option but to comply with his demands. The judge outlined how Tomar forced the teen over his car's bonnet and raped her despite her pleas to leave her alone because she was having her period. Justice Brewer said he treated that as the principal offending, coupled with the fact Tomar had forced her to perform oral sex on him a few hours later in Napier. He described Tomar's conduct as brutal and degrading. The judge recapped how, on occasions, Tomar bound the woman's wrists and ankles before forcing himself on her. Another time he had locked her into a wardrobe ordering her to ready herself for sex with him. He told Tomar he had attempted to shift responsibility for this offending onto his victim, portraying her as unstable. "You hold distorted views of women ... you used a controlling relationship to offend against a young, naive isolated victim," he said. Referring to her victim impact report he said she suffered from post traumatic stress disorder and deep depression because of Tomar's actions. "She says she's trying to block out what happened but can't forget the horrific, brutal things you did to her. He issued a protection order against Tomar on his victim's behalf and refused to continue an order suppressing his name.
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