Christchurch pair to spend 10 years in prison for rape of 15yo

Christchurch pair to spend 10 years in prison for rape of 15yo
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Two 20-year-old men will each spend more than a decade in prison for raping a 15-year-old Christchurch girl.

Last year Brooke Christie Rolleston and Brandon James Roche led the heavily-intoxicated teenager out of her bed, into another room and took turns raping and sexually violating her.

Rolleston was sentenced to 11 years and 2 months and Roche to 10 years and 9 months in the Christchurch District Court. Neither are eligible for parole and will serve out the full sentence.

The pair were found guilty after a two-week trial in May. Both maintain their innocence.

On January 3 last year, the victim and her brother held a party while their parents were on holiday, promoting it on social media.

Throughout the evening the teenager became intoxicated and was seen dancing and flirting with the men. Later that evening the victim fell asleep in her bed with two friends when one saw Rolleston and Roche enter telling her "c'mon let's go join the rest of the party", then led her, supporting her under her arms, into the room next door. 

Over a 20-minute period they took turns raping and sexually violating her.

Judge Garland said "both of you were pleased with yourself in what you achieved" as the pair were seen laughing afterwards in the kitchen.

The victim was seen stumbling into the hallway wearing very little, sobbing and crying in distress.

Supporters of both men packed the public gallery which was guarded heavily by police. Three security guards faced the public gallery while five policemen stood at the back.

Judge Alistair Garland told them to "stay calm and behave in a proper and dignified manner".

They cried and shouted "love you Brooke" and "we got you boys, we got you" as the pair left the dock.

The pair won't be released from prison until they are 31 years old.