Sentencing for violent sex offender

Michael Te Huia
Michael Te Huia

Auckland man Michael Te Huia has been sentenced to 19 years in jail for committing 21 violent sexual acts and physical abuse.

The charges include three counts of threatening to kill, six counts of unlawful sexual connection and six counts of male assaults female.

There is a non-parole period of nine years and six months.

The 56-year-old's offending spanned across a 30-year period.

His sentencing was delayed on April 28 after Te Huia indicated to the court he wanted legal representation, after dismissing two lawyers provided to him at his trial.

Justice Ailsa Duffy told Te Huia then that rescheduling sentencing would be "the last indulgence the criminal justice system will afford him".