Paramedic sexual offender denied appeal

  • 21/02/2016
Paramedic sexual offender denied appeal

A former paramedic convicted of sexual offences against women he was transporting in the back of an ambulance has lost a bid to reduce his sentence.

Christopher King was in 2014 sentenced to more than 14 years' jail for a series of sexual offences against four vulnerable patients between 2010 and 2013 in the Hawke's Bay after a trial.

He also pleaded guilty to five charges of sexual offending against girls between 2002 and 2006.

Last year he lodged an appeal of his sentence, saying he should have been given a discount on the term for his previous good character, but this was rejected by the Court of Appeal.

The Supreme Court has this week rejected his request to appeal that decision.

In its decision, the court said there was no obvious miscarriage of justice and King's offending had shown he didn't merit a discount for character.

"To the contrary, we consider that the courts below were right not to allow Mr King any discount for previous good character," the decision said.

"Sustained offending in two significant periods over an 11-year timeframe against multiple complainants - both young and old - in circumstances involving grave breaches of trust undermines totally any claim to recognition of previous good character."