A 50-year-old man has been jailed for three years for the sexual violation of a 7-year-old girl.
John Ernest Huysamen of Waitara was present for his sentencing at Hawera District Court last Wednesday after admitting charges of unlawful sexual connection and indecent assault of a female under 12 last year.
Crown prosecutor Josie Mooney read the victim impact statement written by the girl's mother to the court. In the statement, the mother said, "My daughter has lost the innocence and the magic of childhood" and described a girl who was now unhappy, withdrawn and blamed herself for the events.
While the statement was read to the court, Huysamen kept his head bent and his eyes lowered.
Defence lawyer Kelly Marriner said her client was remorseful and that he wanted to "undertake rehabilitation". She added that his eventual deportation would mean he was able to receive family support which was not available to him in New Zealand.
Judge Michael Behrens spoke directly to Huysamen, warning him that his "attitude" regarding rehabilitation, wherein he had specified that the facilitator should have the same "religious convictions" as he did, meant that "you are saying you don't want rehabilitation".
Judge Behrens also stated there was a clear breach of trust as well as premeditation in the offending, with another aggravating factor being the age of both the victim and Huysamen.
Judge Behrens said Huysamen had originally claimed that he thought it was his wife in bed with him, however he then submitted a guilty plea to the two charges. Judge Behrens added that Huysamen had told the 7-year-old girl to come to his room after her parents were asleep.
He then imposed a prison sentence of four years, which was reduced by 25 per cent in recognition of the guilty plea.