Raped in Southland Hospital after surgical procedure: Man jailed for eight years


An Invercargill man who raped a girl whereas she was recovering in hospital from surgical procedure has been jailed for eight years and a month.

Robert Matti Neho, 49, appeared within the Invercargill District Court docket yesterday after being discovered responsible by a jury on January 28.

He was acquitted on two different violation expenses, two of kidnapping, assault with intent to injure and assaulting a feminine.

The offence occurred on July 16, 2017, at Southland Hospital.

Decide Mark Callaghan mentioned the girl was bare and getting ready to bathe, when the defendant approached from behind and grabbed her by the breast.

She mentioned ”no” however he advised her to be quiet. The sufferer continued to refuse his advances however Neho pushed her into the bathroom space and compelled her in opposition to the sink.

”She was unable to maneuver,” Decide Callaghan mentioned.

Crown prosecutor Mike Brownlie mentioned the defendant had a historical past of assaulting females.

”[His criminal history] signifies a constantly violent strategy in direction of girls.”

Counsel Sonia Vidal mentioned his earlier convictions shouldn’t be thought-about and there was ”no further violence related to the intercourse”.

Decide Callaghan mentioned there might be no ambiguity over the difficulty of consent.

”She mentioned very clearly ‘no’ for him throughout all intercourse.”

The choose sentenced him to eight years and one month and issued him with a warning underneath the three strikes laws.