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Man jailed for abduction, rape of runner

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 21/10/2016

A man who rugby tackled a runner, bundled her into his car and took her back to his house where he raped her has been jailed for at least eight years.

Hayden Teoneroa Christy attacked his victim as she ran around the Hatea Loop at Whangarei on April 29 this year.

He faced the High Court on Friday having pleaded guilty to wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, threatening to kill, abduction for purposes of sexual connection and four charges of sexual violation.

Christy, 40, ran up behind the woman and tackled her off the running track onto rocks, which he used to hit her over the head causing significant blood loss.

When she screamed for help he threatened if she did not shut up he would stab her in the head and kill her.

He then bundled her into his car, holding her head below the window so she couldn't see where she was going, and drove back to his home where he forced her to perform sex acts on him, and raped her.

Christy then put a pillow case over her head, picked up a brick and hit her over the hear three times nearly causing her to lose consciousness, and drove her a short distance where he left her on the side of the road.

Justice Christian Whata in addition to her violation, the victim had suffered physically from brain trauma, emotionally through fear of everyday activities and financially after moving outside the Whangarei region.

"Overall the victim's impact statement has set out, in most compelling terms, that your offending has deeply and severely affected her and negatively transformed her life and that this impact is likely to be lifelong," he said.

He also said Christy had expressed shame and regret to his probation officer for his actions.

In sentencing Justice Whata said this was a brazen attack that was shocking to the conscience of the Whangarei community.

He sentenced Christy to 12 years in prison and ordered he must spend a minimum of eight years behind bars before being eligible for parole.

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