A man left his sentencing grinning and clapping after being jailed for 16 years for raping and assaulting his former partner.
The woman read her victim-impact statement in the Christchurch District Court on Wednesday, but the contents of it were suppressed by Judge Gary MacAskill.
The judge also imposed a minimum non-parole period of eight years on the 46-year-old man. The man’s name was not suppressed, but he cannot be identified without revealing the identity of his victim, who has automatic name suppression.
Defence counsel Serina Bailey said the man “had religious values”, but a jury found him guilty on 17 of 19 charges at his trial in November 2016.
Judge MacAskill said the couple toured around in a campervan in 2014 and 2015 and had an intimate relationship, but the man became controlling and manipulative and sexually abused the woman, who feared for her life.
He sometimes used a knife to threaten her before raping her. He sexually violated her, punched and kicked her and sometimes locked her in the campervan.
The man had previous convictions for assaults, dishonesty and breaches of court orders, Judge MacAskill said.
His pre-sentence report said he maintained his innocence, had a volatile temper and had failed to complete two court-imposed anger-management courses.
His psychological reports said he had a lack of insight, a pattern of non-compliance, disregarded laws and rules and felt entitled to act as he pleased.
Judge MacAskill said these charges were the first for sexual offending and the man was assessed as having a moderate risk of further sexual and violent offending.
He said the offending was a serious breach of trust and jailed the man for 16 years with a minimum non-parole period of eight years.