A Hastings man found guilty last month of using his wife as a
sex slave was sentenced to nine years in prison today.
The man was found guilty by a jury at Napier District Court
on multiple counts of rape, assault and threatening to kill
for a series of attacks against his wife in 2012.
Judge Tony Adeane said during sentencing today that the man
breached the "trust that is implicit in all marriages".
He was sentenced to nine years imprisonment for the multiple
counts of rape, nine months for assault and one year for
threatening to kill his wife.
He cannot be named in order to protect the identity of his
victim, who came to New Zealand following an arranged
The jury found the man guilty on eight charges and not guilty
on one charge. It was hung on a further eight charges.
The man kept his wife in fear by using a 45cm-long knife,
kept by their bed, to intimidate and frighten the woman into
having sex, while physically abusing and threatening to kill
When police attended a domestic violence incident at the
couple's home on Boxing Day, 2012, the woman confessed she
was being raped and beaten.
Hastings police Detective Rob Parker said at the time the
attacks showed domestic violence and severe abuse "exists in
all facets of society, it doesn't matter the culture or the
During the trial the court heard how divorce in an arranged
marriage was something not "done lightly".
Following last month's verdict police also praised the brave
woman after she broke away from her arranged marriage to tell
authorities about her husband's recurring sexual attacks.
- Sam Hurley of Hawke's Bay Today