Transsexual jailed for indecently assaulting young girls
01 July 2006
Stuff.co.nz, New Zealand
A transsexual who admitted indecently assaulting two nine-year-old
girls and dragging one into bushes has been sent to jail for two years
and three months.
The mother of one of the girls yesterday told Christchurch District
Court she had noticed her child was not as free and easy as before,
and found it more difficult interacting with her playmates.
The other girl's mother describes her as "losing a lot of the freedom
she enjoyed before the incident," said Judge Colin Doherty, at the
sentencing of Anita Mere Aupouri, also known as Andrew Mark Aupouri.
"In the circumstances, dragging a child into the bushes, producing a
knife which wasn't used, and the language which was used, is of
serious concern," Crown prosecutor Barnaby Hawes said yesterday.
The crown said Aupouri, 39, had been watching a group of children from
behind bushes as they fished along the Heathcote River.
He approached them, offered food, and told them of a better fishing
When one of the girls tripped, Aupouri tied her shoelace and felt her
The girl backed away but Aupouri approached the group later in the
street, pushed another one off her bike, grabbed her around the neck
with both hands and dragged her into some bushes.
He pulled out a knife, exposed his penis, and began to masturbate
while still holding the girl.
"Luckily, she was able to escape from you," said Judge Doherty.
Defence counsel Vicki Walsh said Aupouri wanted to be regarded as a
Judge Doherty accepted that Aupouri had an "abusive and dysfunctional
He had the knife for protection in his chosen profession as a street
The judge noted Aupouri's early guilty plea, letters expressing his
remorse, and accepted that the offences had not involved touching the
But he also noted his criminal record amounted to more than 20 pages
of computer print-out and probably included up to 150 convictions,
including many assaults, serious property crime, soliciting in the
1980s, and one indecent assault 22 years ago.
"This is serious offending," he told Aupouri her before he imposed the
"These girls were nine years old and particularly vulnerable."
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