30 Apr 2019

Man facing lengthy jail term for indecently assaulting child

10:22 am on 30 April 2019

A man who molested a child is facing a 10-year jail term, because of the three strikes legislation.

18072016 Photo: Rebekah Parsons-King. Wellington High Court.

Photo: RNZ / Rebekah Parsons-King

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.