David Russell Bond leaves the Dunedin District Court
yesterday. Photo by ODT.
A teacher who indecently assaulted a pupil on a school
tramping trip to Wanaka had acted in a criminal way towards a
totally vulnerable 14-year-old boy, Judge Kevin Phillips said
David Russell Bond (62), who is no longer teaching, was
before the Dunedin District Court convicted of indecently
assaulting the boy at Wanaka on or before May 18, 1975.
He was sentenced to four months' home detention and 100
hours' community work and is to pay $4000 emotional harm
The police summary said Bond, in his mid-20s at the time, and
a colleague took five males on a tramping trip to the Mt
Aspiring area in May 1975.
The group tramped to a hut which had bench bunks able to
sleep up to a dozen people. One night Bond slept beside the
They were in separate sleeping bags.
The boy was woken by Bond persistently pressing against his
bottom and back.
The boy rolled away and went back to sleep but was again
woken by Bond, who had put his hand inside the boy's sleeping
Bond indecently assaulted the boy, who rolled away and
tightened his sleeping bag drawstring so Bond could not reach
Bond entered his guilty plea in March after a sentencing
Counsel John Westgate said Bond expressed remorse for the
The presentence report was positive in many ways.
In submissions for final name suppression, Mr Westgate said a
letter from Bond's doctor stated should Bond's name be
published he had ''serious concern for his increased suicide
Crown counsel Marie Grills said the material before the court
did not meet the criteria for name suppression.
The victim was strongly of the view there should be
It was part of his motivation in coming forward.
The victim did report what occurred at the time, but nothing
came of it.
Unfortunately, that left him with a misguided sense of guilt
he should have done more to bring it out into the open.
Judge Phillips said Bond, a teacher in a position of trust,
had acted in a criminal way against a vulnerable boy ''in
your care and protection on a school trip''.
The victim had had a good deal of his life destroyed.
Spoken to some time after, Bond said he could not remember
the school trip and denied his action, the judge noted.
''I understand this boy went home upset,'' he told Bond.
''His mother recalls him coming home upset and angry. She
went to someone from whom she could have expected assistance
but got none,'' Judge Phillips said.
''I accept it happened in a different world. But you have to
be held accountable today,'' he told Bond.
Declining final name suppression, the judge said there was
strong public interest in the publication of names of people
''for this sort of offending''.
Non-publication could bring others under suspicion.
Special conditions of home detention are to undergo a
psychological assessment with a departmental psychologist,
and any follow-up; and to only engage in vocational
training/employment, or any club or group, with the prior
written approval of probation.
Bond is not to associate or otherwise have contact with
anyone aged under 16 unless under the direct supervision of
an adult approved in writing by probation; and he is not to
have contact with the victim either directly or indirectly.
Post-detention conditions, including the special conditions,
are to run for six months after the detention ends.