#AceNewsReport – May.23: Nathan Gurruwiwi, 33, was sentenced in the Northern Territory Supreme Court for having sex with a child under 16 — an assault which occurred at a remote Arnhem Land outstation late last year: He had already served a year in jail two years prior for having sex with the same girl at the same outstation when she was aged 11…………….In sentencing remarks interpreted in court into Yolngu Matha, Chief Justice Michael Grant said Gurruwiwi made a “premeditated decision” to return to the outstation and ask the girl for sex when she was alone looking after her grandmother…………..”She felt like she had no choice because she was only young and she did not know what to do,” he said……………Chief Justice Grant said the girl’s victim impact statement said she now wanted to leave her community and she worried she would be blamed for getting Gurruwiwi into trouble.
“She says she wants to grow up normally with no man, and that she never wants to get married or have a husband, because she never wants to be used by a man again,” he said……………………“This is what you have done.”
- Nathan Gurruwiwi, 33, pleaded guilty to having sexual intercourse with a child under 16
- The girl was 14 the second time Gurruwiwi pressured her into sex, and 11 the first time
- Gurruwiwi was sentenced to three-and-a-half years’ jail, with two and a half years’ non-parole
Gurruwiwi had told the court he and the girl were in a relationship at the time of the first offending: Chief Justice Grant said he suspected there may have been “various cultural factors at play”, but the relationship was not supported by the community or the girl’s family, which reported the matter to police……….”Whatever the circumstances were, the girl told you that she did not want to have that sort of relationship with you,” he said…….”That girl was not promised to you…….”Even if that girl had been promised to you, you had sex with her when she was not old enough to make a proper decision about it.”
Gurruwiwi was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in jail, with a non-parole period of two-and-a-half years: Chief Justice Grant said Gurruwiwi showed a lack of insight and remorse for the offending…………………He said he hoped a non-parole period would encourage Gurruwiwi to undertake “programs directed at your rehabilitation” in prison.
#AceNewsDesk report …………..Published: May.23: 2019:
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