Past offender jailed for drugging, rape

By, Alison King

A Rotorua man who used fly spray to drug a 13-year-old girl before raping her has been jailed for 10 years.

Robin Whitiora Chadwick appeared for sentencing in the High Court at Rotorua yesterday. He had been found guilty by a jury trial in June.

The court heard how Chadwick, who was employed as a part-time security guard and was also on a sickness benefit, forced the teenager to inhale a large amount of fly spray and she was unable to resist him in her drugged state.

Justice John Priestley said Chadwick, 57, had 24 previous convictions over the past 39 years, including two for the rapes of two girls aged under 12, dating back to the 1980s.

He had been jailed for four years for the historic charges, which were brought against him in the 1990s.

Justice Priestley said the life of his latest victim had been turned upside down.

She felt "scared, ashamed and stressed" as a result of the September 2009 attack.

"She describes herself as feeling as an outsider and distances herself from people in her life. She sees in herself a change in her personality," he said.

As a result of the rape, she turned to smoking and alcohol for solace.

Chadwick took the girl to an isolated property with the intention of raping her.

"You there used fly spray despite her resistance, in the end you forced her to inhale a significant quantity which had the effect of stupefying her," Justice Priestley said.

"You then ... pushed her on to a couch. Her ability to resist you was minimal."

Justice Priestley said an alarming feature of Chadwick's history was that he had been jailed in 1994 for raping two other girls, both aged under 12, in the 1980s.

His latest victim never wanted to return to Rotorua other than to visit the grave of a close family member, Justice Priestley said.

Chadwick, a father of six, had still protested his innocence, Justice Priestley said.

"Most of the aggravating features [of this case are] tied up in the matter of culpability."

Chadwick was told he would serve a minimum of five years of his 10-year sentence.

- Rotorua Daily Post

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