The sad case of The Comedian has hopefully been out to rest at last; Stuff reports:'
A comedian who sexually assaulted his four-year-old daughter has been convicted and sentenced to eight months home detention."It is clear this was grave offending," Judge Mark Perkins told the man at sentencing in the Auckland District Court today.
Judge Perkins has taken a far more realistic view if this case than his judicial counterpart Judge Philippa Cunningham took almost a year ago when she was far too lenient towards The Comedian.
He agreed to the prosecution's request for a sentence of home detention, but far more importantly he entered a conviction against The Comedian. Actions have consequences, and the drunken actions of The Comedian in December 2009 will have life-long consequences for him.
The Court was told that The Comedian had abstained from alcohol since this incident, and sought help; read on:
Judge Perkins said a probation report indicated the offending was one-off and there was no prospect of future harm to the child.The offender had dealt with his alcohol issues and both the Family Court and Child Youth and Family "harbour no continuing concerns".The man has shared custody of his children with his former wife and had a clear expression of remorse. "You are horrified at your own offending," the judge said.Much of the child's trauma at the time was related to the break-up of the family."Obviously one would hope the child would not remember the details," Judge Perkins said.He said he considered whether a jail term was necessary but given the informal agreement in an earlier court, he could only do that by vacating the man's earlier guilty plea."It is clear I should stand by the position now presented."He said there was no premeditation in the offence, there were expressions of remorse and steps had been taken to overcome alcohol abuse but he had to be convicted to deter others.