Thursday, April 4, 2013

Dad who sexually assaulted 8-year-old daughter faces jail (New Zealand)


Father who sexually abused daughter faces jail

Published: 9:50AM Thursday April 04, 2013

A father who sexually assaulted his eight-year-old daughter has been told he can expect a significant jail sentence.

The 36-year-old man, who has name suppression, admitted in the Nelson District Court yesterday a charge of unlawful sexual connection on a girl under 12 and indecent assault on a girl under 12.

He was remanded in custody for sentencing on May 13.

Prosecutor Sergeant Graeme Eden said the man was in a relationship which ended in 2005 and they had two children together.

In early 2011 the children's mother went to hospital to have another child.

She was in hospital for some time and the man looked after the eight-year-old girl.

The father confronted the girl one evening as she walked back to her bedroom wearing only a towel after having a shower.

He yelled at her to get into her pyjamas in the living room and she refused.

Eden said the man went to the bedroom and grabbed the girl and dragged her to the lounge.

The girl was holding her pyjamas in her hand and he threw them on the floor and sexually assaulted her.

After he had finished he told her not to tell anyone.

The girl got into her pyjamas and her father put his hand down her pants and grabbed her buttocks. 

She ran into her bedroom and started crying.

Lawyer Mark Dollimore said the man had alcohol and drug issues and was trying to get help through the STOP Adult Programme for sexual offenders.

Judge Tony Zohrab said the starting and end point for sentencing would be a significant term of imprisonment.