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Child abuser gets longer sentence

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 18/08/2016

A refusal by trustees of a $450,000 Masterton trust fund to stump up $150,000 as compensation for two sexual abuse victims means the man labelled one of the country's worst sexual abusers must spend another 18 months behind bars.

In February, Raymond Bruce Buchanan, 52, was sentenced to 12 years six months' jail after a jury found him guilty of indecent assault on a boy, inducing an indecent act by a boy, sodomy, aggravated assault, and sexual violation for offences committed in the 1980s and early 1990s.

At the time the judge noted Buchanan was the principle beneficiary of the Raymond Buchanan investment trust worth $450,000.

He set May 26 as the payment deadline but was told by Crown prosecutor Heidi Wrigley in the High Court at Rotorua on Thursday the money had not materialised.

"I was satisfied under the terms of the trust funds could be made available, but the trustees don't appear willing to provide funds to you for legal representation," Justice Kit Toogood told Buchanan as he imposed a new jail term of 14 years .

"It is not unreasonable your victims want compensation from you on account of your appalling behaviour," the judge said, repeating his earlier sentencing remarks that Buchanan's offending against two boys, now grown men, was violent, traumatic and extended over a long period of time.

The new 14-year term relates separately to the sodomy and sexual violation charges and is to be served concurrently. The judge indicated he was hamstrung in the sentence he could impose because different legislation was in force at the time of Buchanan's offending which also prevented him imposed a minimum period of imprisonment.

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