A prominent Hawke's Bay businessman has been sentenced to
community work for indecently assaulting a Hummer limo driver
after partying at a charity boxing event.
Rodney Green, 65, appeared today in Napier District Court. He
was sentenced to 175 hours' community work and ordered to pay
$3000 to his victim, after he was found guilty of two counts
of indecent assault.
A jury found the Green guilty in March on charges of
indecently touching the woman's breast and attempting to kiss
The victim was driving a Hummer limousine to the Bluewater
Hotel in Napier, which Green owns, following a boozy party at
a charity boxing event in January 2012 at Taradale's
Pettigrew-Green Arena, a venue sponsored by, and named after,
Crown prosecutor Clayton Walker said Green's "sexual innuendo
and banter" was not only indecent but "disgusting" and
"painful", as described in the victim's impact statement.
Judge David Smith said the victim, in her 30s, was now
receiving counselling as a result of the incident.
"She was left belittled, broken and she felt her dignity and
her soul were robbed from her that night."
"It was her career, she needed and wanted that job and her
confidence has been shattered, her dreams and aspirations
robbed," Judge Smith said.
He added the victim was forced to "endure the pressure" of
being a witness in the trial and it has taken several months
before she has been able to drive again.
Judge Smith quoted the victim impact statement which read:
"What a coward of a man you are for not taking responsibility
for your actions."
He said Green had breached the woman's trust, who was his
employee at the time, and had made her workplace environment
Green's lawyer, Paul Mabey, QC, pleaded to Judge Smith that
the mitigating factors of Green having no previous offending
and because he was a significant contributor to the community
would deter a harsher sentence.
Judge Smith said although they were mitigating factors they
only were "to a limited extent".
"Your past good deeds do not equate to good behaviour cards
you can play at a later time," Judge Smith told Green.
"The difficulty for you is you continue to deny your guilt
and show no remorse," he said. "Confining you to your home
will likely be little imposition to yourself."
Judge Smith said he had a "responsibility" given the victim
was undergoing counselling to impose harm and reparation
costs. Green was sentenced to 175 hours of community work and
$3000 to be paid to his victim.
Green refused to comment when approached by Hawke's Bay Today
outside the courtroom, and declined to answer if he believed
the sentence was fair.
Green's victim also respectfully declined to comment, and her
case manager said the victim's impact statement spoke on her
- By Sam Hurley of Hawke's Bay Today