#WARNING – Graphic Content
Joseph William Borton (31) was sentenced on Friday for the brutal murder of an innocent mother and the violent sexual assault of her 12-year-old daughter. Borton knew both his victims as they were once neighbours. Over an eighteen hour period two innocent victims would suffer Borton’s sadistic violence.
On the 4th of April at 6.30pm, Borton entered the house through the back door. The young girl saw Borton first. She greeted Borton then turned around to continue with her activities. Armed with a mallet Borton struck the young girl on the back of her head. He then grabbed the girl around the throat. Striking her again with the mallet he fractured her skull. She managed to scream before Borton’s violence rendered her unconscious.
The mother heard her daughters screams. Facing Borton she was struck at least eight times with the mallet. She suffered a skull fracture and extreme blood loss. Painful groans could be heard by her injured daughter; a cruel and devastating memory she will never forget.
Borton’s then removed the mother’s clothing; taking photos of himself posing with her severely injured and naked body. Borton later told Police she had died between 3am and 4am.
Borton had plenty of opportunity to help both victims; instead he let them both suffer in extreme pain.
The daughter was left injured, lying on the floor. Sometime within the eighteen hour timeframe Borton sexually violated the young girl. A depraved, disgusting act of sexual violence against a child who was suffering from life threatening injuries.
At 1pm Borton called the Police confessing to the murder. Borton admitted he had gone to the victims home to sexually violate the daughter, using a mallet to incapacitate the mother.
Earlier in the year, Borton had previously taken photos of the victims, using them for his sick sexual gratification. He had told the police he had been ‘watching’ his victim’s.
Borton was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum parole period of 19 years. Borton received a Preventive Detention sentence for the horrific sexual crimes committed against an innocent, defenceless child. His name has been added to the Child Sex Offender Register.
Borton brutally stole an innocent mother’s life, then sadistically tried to destroy the life of an innocent child. Borton received a life sentence but life in New Zealand should mean WHOLE of life!
Borton will remain in Prison for at least nineteen years but he will be eligible for Parole when he turns 50. Borton will have plenty of life to live when he is released. An innocent mother did not have this choice. The young daughter will suffer the long-term effects of Borton’s sexual assault. She will endure the unforgivable and traumatic loss of a mother she will so desperately need.
To this day crimes like this still send a shock wave through our country. How can such a heinous, sadistic act of violence happen in New Zealand?