Sex offender given preventive detention

  • 01/10/2015
Sex offender given preventive detention

A Rotorua man who sexually offended against young girls while on parole following jail time for similar offences has been sentenced to preventive detention.

In the High Court at Rotorua today Justice Timothy Brewer also jailed Lynne Paul Kurei, 45, for four-and-a-half years for the historical sexual violation and indecent assault of a girl.

He was 14 because at the time and would have been too young to be eligible for preventive detention.

That sentence is concurrent with the indefinite term.

Kurei had earlier pleaded guilty to 11 charges of either rape or sexual violation.

Those against the 12-year-old were committed between February and December 1984 and December the following year.

Offences against two further victims spanned a period form 2005 to 2009.

One rape was in a wharenui (meeting house) on an Opotiki marae where Kurae's victim has gone into alone because she was unwell. He raped another girl after following her into a toilet.

Justice Brewer told Kurae that preventive detention was imposed for the protection of the community and that he wasn't satisfied he wouldn't reoffend once back in the community.

"Periodic detention doesn't mean that the keys have been thrown away forever - it's not a punishment it's a precaution. If you can change you will be released, if you cannot change you will not be released, your future is in your hands," he told Kurae.

He set a minimum non-parole period of seven-and-a-half years.

Victim impact statements weren't read to the court but two of the victims were comforted by family and victim support staff as they wet when the judge outlined the irreparable harm Kurae had caused them.