Jogger's attacker Hayden Christy, jailed for 12 years, had been deported from Australia

  • 21/10/2016
Scene of Hayden Christy's offending in Whangarei (file)
Scene of Hayden Christy's offending in Whangarei (file)

A man who bashed, abducted and sexually assaulted a female jogger in Whangarei had previously been deported from Australia for crimes committed in that country.

Forty-year-old Hayden Christy was today sentenced to 12 years in jail with a minimum non parole period of eight years.

It follows the attack on a 21-year-old woman who had been running Whangarei's popular Hatea Loop on an April morning this year.

In sentencing today the judge outlined Christy's criminal past, which dates back to 1998 - including violence offences in Australia for which he was deported eight years ago.

The judge also noted Christy's past use of alcohol and drugs, including methamphetamine.

The local council has made changes to the running track since, including the installation of lights and CCTV cameras.

Christy pleaded guilty in July.