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Rapist should be charged with child abuse

Friday, 24 December, 2004

Alexander: Rapist should be charged with child abuse

"Anyone who rapes a woman while forcing her child to watch should not only be sentenced for the rape but also charged with child abuse," Mr Alexander said.

Wayne Andrew Herbert Adams was sentenced to 10 years with a 5 year non-parole period by the Christchurch District Court Judge Murray Abbott after being found guilty of two counts of rape; unlawfully entering a building; burglary; and indecent assault.

"His sentence was light enough - hell, he was given damn all considering all his charges - but they forgot to give him one for the cruelty to the child."

"Just imagine what that child had to go through to have to watch helplessly while that apology of a man raped the mother. It is nothing short of child abuse in my opinion and he should have been charged for it."

ENDS

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