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Violent sex offender to be kept in jail.

February 21, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments

Dion Selwyn Tau

Dion Selwyn Tau, who was sentenced last August to preventive detention (an open-ended sentence), has had his appeal dismissed because he remains at a high risk of reoffending. Tau was found guilty on 14 charges, including sexual violation, indecent assault and threatening to kill. At the time, Judge Graham Lang said Tau inflicted horrific abuse on his victims, then aged 13, 15 and 16-years-old.

Sex offender’s appeal rejected.

A violent sex offender who attacked young girls has had his appeal against preventive detention dismissed because he remains at a high risk of reoffending. Dion Selwyn Tau was sentenced to preventive detention in August for three sexual assaults that happened in Auckland between June 2007 and July 2009.

Tau claimed his sentence was excessive and he genuinely wanted psychological treatment. A preventive detention sentence means that even after eight years Tau will not be released from prison unless he demonstrates he has been rehabilitated.

In a decision released today, the Court of Appeal rejected Tau’s appeal. Three separate psychological reports found Tau failed to take responsibility for his crimes and posed a high risk of serious assault unless he received ongoing treatment.

Tau was at a high risk of reoffending and his “sexual deviance, anti-sociality and psychopathic traits” were especially concerning. Justice Lynton Stevens said the combination of these factors would make his treatment difficult.

The judges agreed with the original High Court decision, taking into account the seriousness of the offending and age of the victims. Tau was found guilty on 14 charges, including sexual violation, indecent assault and threatening to kill, last year.

At the time, Judge Graham Lang said Tau inflicted horrific abuse on his victims, then aged 13, 15 and 16-years-old. He said Tau was a predator who had “wrought havoc” on the girls and their families and sent “shockwaves” through the community.

In the first attack Tau talked a 13-year-old girl into getting into his car and showing him the way to a local rugby club. Once in the car, Tau hit the girl around the head and sexually assaulted her – telling her that if she didn’t do as he asked she would end up dead in a bush.

In November 2008 Tau, dressed as a truancy officer and, carrying a clipboard, got out of his car and approached a 15-year-old girl dressed in her school uniform. He asked her why she was not at school and said he needed to take her home to check her story.

Once at her doorstep, Tau became aggressive and violent, and forced his way into her family home. The girl tried to fight back but Tau grabbed her by the hair, punched her several times and threw her down the stairs.

He then forced her into a cupboard before sexually assaulting her. As he left, Tau stole items from the house, including the girl’s school bag. In the 2009 attack, Tau stopped a 16-year-old girl walking home at midday. He forced her into his car before finding a quiet street to stop and sexually assault her.

Judge Lang said the indefinite prison term was the only option for Tau given the aggravating factors which included premeditation, the level of violence involved and the vulnerability of the victims.

Sensible Sentencing NZ/Dion Selwyn Tau

 

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  1. against it
    March 8, 2012 at 10:54 am

    ewww yu fukn dirty **** i hope yu rot in jail yu manifested **** go to hell an leave our kids alone

  2. April 3, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    anyone know this man?
    disgrace!!

  3. ame lina
    May 14, 2012 at 10:48 am

    you should stay in jail and rot their you are a disgrace

  4. AYMF
    May 23, 2012 at 10:39 am

    against it :ewww yu fukn dirty **** i hope yu rot in jail yu manifested **** go to hell an leave our kids alone

    YEH YOU SHOULD

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