A rapist has been jailed 15 years after his brutal attack, after his DNA was taken following a second sexual assault.
Wiremu Abraham was sentenced to eight years and one month in the Manukau District Court on Monday for his crimes.
His first victim, who was 34 at the time, was disturbed by Abraham in her home in 2003 while she was sleeping with her children. He threatened to hurt them if she didn't do what she was told before raping her.
Police took DNA from a condom Abraham left at the scene, but were unable to match it to an offender.
But in 2018, he was charged with another attack and Police took a DNA sample from him. This matched his 2003 crime and he was convicted on multiple charges relating to rape and indecent assault.
Kaitaia Police Detective Sergeant Mark Dalzell says it is satisfying to finally get a result in this "harrowing" case.
"We promised our victim that we would not close the case and we were determined to eventually solve it," he says.
"I want to acknowledge and thank the victim in this case for her support and cooperation. She has suffered significant mental trauma as a result of this terrifying attack and she has shown tremendous resolve through this time."