A man who molested a child is facing a 10-year jail term, because of the three strikes legislation.
Graeme Rutherford, 63, appeared in the High Court in Wellington this morning and pleaded guilty to one charge of indecently assaulting a child.
His lawyer asked the court to order both a probation report and a psychological report, given the length of sentence her client is facing.
Because this is Rutherford's third serious offence, he must serve the maximum 10-year sentence, unless the court considers that would be manifestly unjust.
Justice Simon France remanded Rutherford in custody until he is sentenced in June.