Viktor Mykhailov in the Auckland District Court. Photo: NZ
A top chef who viciously beat and raped a prostitute in
an Auckland cemetery has been jailed for nine years.
Viktor Mykhailov, 28, who was working at "a first-class
restaurant" at SkyCity, was arrested in April after police
made numerous appeals to the public for assistance with the
The Ukrainian man -- who was assisted today by an interpreter
-- was convicted of two counts of sexual violation and one of
aggravated injuring after admitting his role in the March 15
In Auckland District Court, Judge Philippa Cunningham said
the grave circumstances of the case were extremely rare for
someone making their first court appearance.
"It's most unusual to have a first offence that's so
serious," said Judge Cunningham.
"I don't think I've ever seen anything like it before."
Mykhailov walked the length of Karangahape Rd three times in
the early hours of the morning before approaching the victim
for sexual services.
She followed him into Symonds St cemetery and lost sight of
him before being "ambushed" from behind.
Mykhailov then dragged her by the hair 40 metres into the
darkness of the cemetery.
The 28-year-old punched her in the head and kicked her in the
torso throughout a prolonged sexual assault.
Judge Cunningham said the brutality of the assault increased
when the victim could not understand his broken-English
"He left the scene and she ran bloodied and naked across
Symonds St to the Langham Hotel where she sought help from
staff." The judge said it had been a life-changing event for
the woman, who was reminded of the ordeal every time she
looked in the mirror.
"He has taken a piece of me I'll never get back," the victim
The court heard of the "huge" impact of the attack on the
Among her injuries, she sustained a fractured eye socket
which gave her sporadic loss of sight and a broken nose while
require rhinoplasty surgery.
"She is scared around people, has trust issues and feels
confused and frustrated," said Crown prosecutor Asishna
Defence lawyer Steve Bonnar admitted it was a "nasty attack"
and his family -- some of whom were in court to support the
defendant -- were left bewildered.
"It seems to be so remarkably out of character that it is to
a large extent inexplicable," Mr Bonnar said.
Mykhailov addressed the court in Russian to emphasise his
"I know it'll be very hard for my victim to move on and
forget what happened," he said.
"And it'll be even harder for me to move and realise what
I've done." He was ordered to pay $5000 to the victim.
Mykhailov, a permanent resident of New Zealand for the last
three years, will likely be deported after serving his