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A Cambridge couple discovered responsible of committing greater than 100 baby intercourse offences, together with the rape of a three-year-old whereas the kid’s mom was in the identical property, have been jailed.
Andrew Alan Williams, 53, and Laken Maree Rose, 31, have been sentenced on the High Court in Rotorua on Friday after Williams had earlier pleaded responsible to 56 prices.
Rose was discovered responsible at trial of 45 prices, pleaded responsible to 10 prices and was discovered not responsible of 5 prices.
Williams was sentenced to 23 years 5 months’ imprisonment, with a minimal non parole time period of 9 years 4 months.
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Rose was sentenced to 19 years and 9 months imprisonment, with a minimal interval of seven years and 9 months.
Both have been additionally given a 3 strikes warning and added to the intercourse offenders register.
Their offending in opposition to seven victims aged from three to 14 years outdated spanned nearly 5 years from January 2015 to March 2019 and happened throughout Waikato, Palmerston North, Dannevirke and the Bay of Plenty.
The couple met at a 2009 Horse of the Year present when Williams was 42 and Rose 19.
Ahead of the sentencing, one of many mother and father learn an emotional sufferer affect assertion.
“I feel this massive guilt that I have not been able to protect my child, that is something that will not go away,” they stated.
“Taking your child to a rape examination is an experience I wouldn’t wish on any other parent … seeing your child put through that experience shatters you into a thousand pieces.”
The mother or father took intention at Rose for her choice to problem her prices, and making the households sit via a trial, and for her position within the offending.
“You did more than just casually put them in danger. It was your idea, you went and found these children … you suggested hunting acquaintances’ children.”
They additionally took intention at Williams, saying he “decided no-one would believe the children over you”.
“To clarify Mr Williams, everyone believed the children, not you.”
As the parent walked back to the gallery they stopped just a few feet away from Williams and Rose in the dock, staring at the pair, before taking their seat again and sobbing.
Crown prosecutor Anna Pollett told the court this was offending with “the highest level of premeditation”.
“The scale of the offending is enormous,” she stated.
“Almost unprecedented,” stated Justice Matthew Muir.
Muir also rejected Williams’ claim he had no sexual interest in children.
“Completely untenable in light of the video evidence,” he said.
Justice Muir said it was offending where “words such as sickening and depraved come to mind”.
In an earlier written ruling outlining his reasons for finding Rose guilty of numerous charges, Justice Muir spelt out what he described as the “typical pattern of their offending”.
“[Offending] began with the development of relationships with the victims, something that was largely facilitated by Ms Rose, followed by intimate photography and video recordings and ultimately indecent assault, unlawful sexual connection and, on occasions, rape by Mr Williams.”
At Rose’s trial she was described by the Crown as “an enabler” to Williams’ offending, “filming many of his activities”.
Rose claimed in her defence, however, that her offending was largely the result of threats from Williams.
She described herself as a “reluctant spectator” who had been threatened with death or grievous bodily harm if she failed to cooperate with Williams’ abuse.
“Ms Rose says that Mr Williams pressured her to find and recruit adolescent girls for the purpose of intimate photography and sex,” Justice Muir said.
It was a defence claim he rejected.
“I do not regard Ms Rose’s evidence that in every case her offending was in response to threats or actual physical violence as credible,” he said.
Justice Muir cited evidence from more than 1000 text messages between Williams and Rose, one of which he said was “descriptive of the primary dynamic at play”.
“There are simply too many references in the text record to Ms Rose becoming sexually aroused as a result of discussions between them about his potential offending,” Justice Muir said.
“She knew she was living with a serial paedophile by virtue of his sexual offending.”
Another text exchange between the pair saw Williams say, “be great ages one to four, no talking”.
Rose replied: “Yeah babe that’s the ages I want and really you can just do what ever you want to them”.
The court documents also reveal that after Williams had a heart attack in 2018, “Ms Rose’s evidence was that, as a result, he thought he had a limited life expectancy and he became even more brazen in his sexual behaviour”.
That brazenness included offences against one child, including rape, while one of her parents was elsewhere in the property with Rose.
“On Ms Rose’s evidence, Mr Williams abandoned any last vestige of self-restraint following his heart attack.”
A later search of Williams and Rose’s property also found electronic devices on which “hundreds of thousands of objectionable images were located”.
The couple’s offending began to unravel in March 2019 when a suspicious parent texted Rose.
“Do not make contact with us or our children. We are seeking legal advice today,” they said.
“Go to a police station and make a detailed voluntary statement. Save yourself.”
On receipt of these messages, Rose immediately texted Williams.
“We have trouble.”
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