New Zealand Police v Nichol [2017] NZDC 25535

Published 12 October 2018

Indecent assault — indecent exposure — sexual offending in prison — sentencing. The defendant was sentenced on four charges of indecent assault and one charge of indecent exposure. The offending took place whilst the defendant and the victims were remanded in custody. The court noted that the victims were young, vulnerable and groomed and that the offending involved persistence and premeditation. The court further found that there were no mitigating features of the offending and that the defendant was a recidivist offender. After finding that the only available sentence was one of imprisonment, the court imposed a sentence of three years' imprisonment on the charges of indecent assault and a concurrent sentence of three months' imprisonment in respect of the charge of indecent exposure. Judgment Date: 13 November 2017.