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NZ: Court rejects bid by sex offender (Canterbury)

Publish Date: 25 Jul 2011
Source: The Press
By: Keith Lynch

New Zealand Courts

The Court of Appeal has rejected a bid by a convicted sex offender to not be monitored for 10 years after his release from prison.

In January 2010, before Barry Ronald Woodhouse, 52, was due to be released from jail, Judge Jane Farish ordered a 10-year extended supervision order.

Woodhouse had spent two terms in prison for sexual offending against teenage girls.

Woodhouse appealed against the 10-year supervision order on several grounds.

They included claims the judge failed to properly assess the risk; failed to factor in the type of victim the appellant was a risk to; and incorrectly branded his offending serious when he said it was at a "comparatively low level".

The Court of Appeal rejected all the grounds of Woodhouse's appeal.

In March 2006, Woodhouse was sentenced in the Christchurch District Court on one charge of indecent assault on a girl aged between 12 and 16 and a charge of possession to supply Temazepam. He was sentenced to seven years in prison, a charge that was reduced to five years on appeal.

In June 1998, he was sentenced to six years for raping a 15-year-old girl.

While in prison, Woodhouse completed the Kia Marama sex-offender treatment programme.

However, after his release, he contacted the first complainant and was recalled.

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