How long must a victim wait for Justice?

*WARNING GRAPHIC DETAIL

Seeking justice in the Courtroom has become extremely unfair for victims of serious violent crimes. From the time a complaint is made to the Police; until the case is heard in the Courtroom can takes years.

This long wait is a cruel reality for victims. Their lives put on hold, leaving them feeling completely traumatised. Victims are just expected to ‘get on with it’ knowing that one day the time will come when they must publicly re-live the horrific violence they suffered through no fault of their own!

The Rape – 2017

On the 16th of July 2017 Robert Matti Neho (49) raped his ex-partner at the Southland Hospital in Invercargill. The innocent victim was in hospital recovering from surgery when Neho took advantage of her extreme vulnerability.

The victim was naked and about to shower when Neho approached her from behind. Grabbing her breast the victim told Neho NO. He continued his assault telling the victim to be quiet. Again she told Neho NO but he continued his assault. Forcing her over the toilet sink he violently raped the victim. A horrific assault of an innocent vulnerable victim, who had absolutely no strength to defend herself.

The Trial – January 2019

Neho was found guilty by jury trial on the 28th of January 2019. He was sentenced to eight years and one month for Rape.

You would have thought after the trial the victim would be able to find some form of closure. To allow herself to find some small sense of peace amongst the chaos of physical and emotional torment. This was not to be.

The Appeal – October 2019

On the 14th of October Neho appealed his conviction. Defence Lawyer Robert Lithgow said ‘the guilty verdict on one incident was illogical, perverse and unreasonable. It smacked of the jury wanting to get Mr Neho for something because they didn’t like him’.

Neho had originally faced six other charges relating to seperate offences committed against the victim. Neho had a history of violence against female victims.

8th November 2019

The Judge disagreed with the defence and the appeal was dismissed.

From the 16th of July 2017 until the 8th of November 2019 the victim has had to live through the endless nightmare of a brutal sexual assault; followed by two public trials.

Fair and just for the innocent victim – absolutely not!

Our victims deserve better!

https://www.odt.co.nz/regions/southland/hospital-rapists-appeal-dismissed

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