Former Olympian jailed for sex assaults
Fri, 21 Sep 2012 11:51a.m.
By 3 News online staff / NZN
A former Olympian, found guilty of sexual and physical assaults on two of his former partners, has been sentenced to 14 years and three months in prison.
The sentence was handed down at the Auckland High Court this morning.
He has name suppression to protect the identity of the victims.
In July after a two-week trial he was found guilty of three charges of sexual violation by rape, one charge of sexual violation by unlawful connection and two charges relating to violence.
The charges relate to two complainants – an ex-wife and a former girlfriend.
He was however cleared of a further count of rape and one of sexual violation, kidnapping, two counts of injuring with intent to injure and one of assault.
During the trial the man's defence lawyer Hugh Leabourne argued there was no unlawful sex and no incidents of violence or kidnapping.
The former Olympian also took to the witness stand and denied the violent incidents happened in either relationship.
However, Crown prosecutor Yelena Yalavich told the court the man had a history of being abusive, angry and controlling against his former wife and girlfriend.
Crown lawyer Fionnghuala Cuncannon said the man's relationships featured controlling behaviour, violence and forced sex, reports the New Zealand Herald.
He will not be eligible for parole until he has served six years and six months' jail time.
3 News / NZN
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