A woman will spend the rest of her life battling demons
inflicted upon her by four young men, who all took part
in raping her for hours.
Judge Lance Rowe said she was degraded, violated and treated as "less than human" and a "sexual plaything" by Lou William Harrison, Meha Hemi Taylor-Haeata, Renee Chaz Haeata and Anthony Simon Hirawani during the ordeal.
The quartet were all sentenced in the Palmerston North District Court to lengthy jail terms for their roles in the gang rape, which the judge simply described as "very serious sexual offending".
He said it was pointless trying to figure out who was the most serious offender as they acted as a group, encouraging each other during the victim's horrific October 2014 ordeal.
The four had been drinking at a Palmerston North house for most of the day, despite Harrison and Haeata being 15 and 16 years old at the time, respectively.
The woman, then a teenage girl, was there and had consensual sexual contact with Hirawani, who was 23 at the time.
Taylor-Haeata, 20 at the time, went to the room and found the girl in there.
He called her a b.... and said she was "in my kingdom", before calling the others into the room.
A knife was put in the door to make it harder to open, and Hirawani put a chest of drawers across the door, before the rapes began.
She was raped multiple times, sometimes at the same time by multiple rapists, with one of the rapists saying afterwards the ordeal lasted at least two hours.
The judge said it was important to note she asked to go to the toilet multiple times to seek refuge.
"This refuge was denied every time, because she was accompanied by one of you every time."
She was subjected to multiple indecencies while in the toilet, including once while Harrison was in there with her.
Haeata tried to force his way into the toilet at that time, but Harrison told him to wait and as he would get "a turn" later, the judge said.
The girl was left bleeding, bruised and psychologically scarred. She suffers from post-traumatic stress and depressive disorders, tried to commit suicide afterwards, and has relocated in an attempt to feel safe.
Crown prosecutor Michael Blaschke said the victim had shown courage by coming forward despite the "horrific and incalculable harm" inflicted.
"The effects of this offending are going to stay with her for the rest of her life."
Psychological reports were prepared for each offender before sentencing, shedding light on their backgrounds.
Haeata was homeless, selling drugs and using synthetic drugs and methamphetamine by the time he was 15.
He initially denied the offending, but had since expressed shame at his actions and a desire to take part in rehabilitation.
Harrison had smoked marijuana since the age of 8, and started drinking alcohol when he was a child.
While he described the victim in vulgar terms to a probation officer and said he planned to serve his full term, a psychologist noted he was interested in rehabilitation.
Hirawani was the only defendant to plead guilty without having a sentence indication, which defence lawyer Steve Winter was due to him realising the harm he had caused.
Taylor-Haeata's psychological report was the most concerning of them all as he did not appear remorseful, the judge said.
He started abusing alcohol when he was a child, and was hospitalised for alcohol poisoning when 13.
He had also been seriously assaulted as a child and seen many instances of domestic violence towards women, which may have shaped his attitude towards women, the judge said.
The judge addressed the large family presence in court for the rapists.
They have been there at most court appearances, and many yelled out lines like "that is not how it even happened" when the rapists pleaded guilty.
The judge said their support would be the difference between the rapists leading offence-free lives or not.
Taylor-Haeata was given 11 years' jail, as he was also being sentenced for burglary, breach of sentences and the May 2017 aggravated robbery of Liquorland College St in Palmerston North.
He committed both those dishonesty offences while on bail for the rapes.
Haeata and Harrison were both given seven years' jail, while Hirawani was sentenced to seven years and two months' prison.
MUSKEGON COUNTY, MI - The teen who stabbed a young pregnant mom to death after breaking into her home took the murder to a "vicious, savage place" when he also raped her, a judge declared from the bench.
Muskegon County Circuit Judge Annette Smedley ruled Christopher Marks Howard committed first-degree murder when he killed Dominique DaShay O'Neal on June 24, 2015.
Howard had pleaded guilty to open murder, and attorneys argued before Smedley whether the crime was first-degree or second-degree murder. Smedley said it was first-degree murder due to the fact the murder was committed during the commission of another crime, which was home invasion and possibly first-degree criminal sexual conduct.
Howard pleaded no contest to causing the death of O'Neal's 23-week-old male fetus. Howard was 17 at the time of the attack.
Senior Assistant Prosecutor James Corbett said Howard's DNA was found in O'Neal's vaginal swab. He argued that the murder occurred during the commission of the rape.
Defense attorney Al Swanson argued for second-degree - basically unintentional - murder that O'Neal's death occurred during a "fight" over a knife and that there was a chance, if ever so slightly, that the DNA wasn't Howard's.
Smedley noted that O'Neal was stabbed 12 times. The knife, which had a 6-inch blade, broke during the assault.
Teen guilty of 'vicious, savage' first-degree murder that included rape November 1, 2017 Lynn Moore mlive.com
LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Twenty-two-year-old Julio Cesar Pina admitted to police he raped a woman Oct. 22 at the Dollar General Store at 101 N. Creasy Lane, according to the probable cause affidavit.
Pina, 3709 Ashley Oaks Drive, apartment C, Lafayette, noticed a woman in her car in the Dollar General parking lot as he walked in the area about 4:50 a.m. Oct. 22, according to the affidavit and police records.
He looked around for police before approaching the woman. He dragged her to the side of the building where he raped her, according to the affidavit.
Pina told the woman he would hurt her if she continued to scream, according to the affidavit.
He ran off after he finished raping the woman, according to the affidavit.
Prosecutors filed two charges of rape against Pina.
Man admits raping woman at Dollar General store, police said Ron Wilkins, Journal & Courier Oct. 31, 2017
A university student raped a 12-year-old girl he met online after telling her he told her he 'loved her' wanted to 'make a sex tape'.
David Nwosu, 21, groomed the schoolgirl online and had sex with her during their second meeting.
Following the attack the maths and computer science undergraduate bombarded another girl with messages and begged her to send intimate photographs of herself.
Nwosu has now been jailed for five years and placed on the sex offenders' register for the rest of his life after a judge decided he was a danger to teenage girls.
Stoke Crown Court, Staffordshire, heard the 12-year-old girl told the Keele University student she was '14, going on 15' after they began chatting online.
Glyn Samuel, prosecuting, said: 'He told her he wanted to have sex with her and would like to make a sex tape with her.
'He sent her two intimate pictures of himself and told her he loved her and if she loved him she would send sexual pictures of herself. She sent pictures of her bottom and breasts.'
Nwosu later met a 15-year-old girl from South Wales on social media between Christmas and New Year last year and asked for naked pictures. At first claimed she was 16.
Mr Samuel added: 'He would send her pictures of himself and asked her to send pictures of herself.
'He requested pictures of her breasts and bottom, was very persistent and told her he was 18.
'She soon confessed she was only 15. He said he did not care and continued to contact her.
'The girl confirmed she sent pictures of her naked breasts. He tried to persuade her to kiss her friend in a sexual way but she would not do that.
'She never met up with him. She knew he wanted her for sexual purposes and nothing else.'
Nwosu, of Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, admitted rape of a child under 13 and causing or inciting sexual exploitation of a 15-year-old child.
Rebecca Wade, defending, said Nwosu was an intelligent man, but was immature.
She said: 'The offences have brought shame on his family. He is an intelligent man who has made significant mistakes which will have an impact on him and the victims.'
Nwosu was also handed a 10-year Sexual Harm Prevention Order which prevents him contacting children.
Jailing him Judge David Fletcher said: 'It is quite clear you were attracted to teenage girls.'
A Keele University spokesman said: 'As soon as the police made the university aware of this situation the student was immediately suspended.'