Lankan sentenced for long-distance sex grooming

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A 19-year-old in Sri Lanka made contact and started sexually grooming two girls over a social networking site before he set out for New Zealand.

The youth was sentenced to three months’ home detention at his Christchurch District Court sentencing on charges of meeting the girls after sexual grooming.

The Lankan arrived in Christchurch from Sri Lanka soon after the February 22 earthquake and started texting the two girls who were both 14.

Defence counsel Trudi Aitkin said the boy had contacted the girls because he wanted friends when he came to Christchurch.

She said when the boy picked the two girls up and took them to his flat some alcohol was available and the two girls chose to consume it.

Judge Raoul Neave said this case highlighted the dangers for young people using social networking sites.

The Lankan youth knew both girls were 14, and began a friendship with one of them which led to contact with the other.

He sent both girls explicit sexual text messages, and repeatedly asked them for sex, Judge Neave said.

He arranged to meet them at Northlands Mall, and drove them to his flat where he gave them cigarettes and alcohol.

He kissed and hugged the girls after they were intoxicated to the point of being ill. One of the girls rang her mother, who said she was going to contact the police.

One victim impact report said it had made a long term emotional impact, ruined the girls’ friendship, and affected the relationships with their families.

Judge Neave said the girls were very young and vulnerable, and there was premeditation, significant planning, and considerable contact, but the victims may have been willing participants in some respects.

He said it was a sign of impetuousness of youth, and that young people did not appreciate the consequences of their actions.

The Lankan youth  was a naive young man, and the judge told him it was wrong of him to make contact with such young people for what he had in mind. (courtnews.co.nz)


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  • TMA Monday, 05 March 2012 07:52 AM

    That's Y they're called 'Developed' & we're not

    Concerned Monday, 05 March 2012 08:30 AM

    Had it been here, it could have been fixed for some "green leaf"

    Sharmaine Alupola Monday, 05 March 2012 08:37 AM

    Where is my comment?

    jayasiri Monday, 05 March 2012 09:05 AM

    It is better to know why he went to that country? Is he a refugee?

    DireStraits Monday, 05 March 2012 09:28 AM

    Really, so developed that the parents have no idea what their 14 yr old daughters are upto? What the heck were they doing in a strange 19yr old boy's flat? A 19 yr old stranger from a very strange country. On the other hand, a 19yr old boy, even if he is a saint is going to be pursuaded by all the raging homones. All the western movies and TV that he has seen in SL prior to his departure would've convinced him it is fair game. So lets not only blame the boy. Society has to take the responsibility and the blame for this too including the bloody judge.

    Sharmaine Alupola Monday, 05 March 2012 10:14 AM

    Too much high-tech in normal life leads to loosing social values; this is just the tip of Ice Berg.

    yuri Monday, 05 March 2012 10:15 AM

    Because New Zealand rank 1 for Corruption free and Mother Lanka Rank 119.

    Vidu Monday, 05 March 2012 11:04 AM

    Misuse of technologies, Very low community standards!

    Javi Monday, 05 March 2012 11:34 AM

    This is the time SL law makers to create IT regulations and improve existing

    Danushka W Monday, 05 March 2012 04:40 AM

    Shame for Sri Lanka. Our buggers sure know how to make their mark where ever they go!

    lakith peenis Monday, 05 March 2012 04:08 PM

    Ban Facebook

    law Monday, 05 March 2012 05:24 AM

    look at the way it's been handled by the judge... so fair and equal...
    these are great societies .. even if we do a mistake there are chances to correct them !

    Game Kolla Monday, 05 March 2012 05:59 AM

    This is a clear evidence of fast moving high tech social behavior in the modern world.Development in mind is the true development of society.Unfortunately development of mind is contrast to material development.We have hybrid automobiles,Do we have hybrid children?

    Dot Monday, 05 March 2012 09:59 PM

    these girls first try to play with danger and then cry rape . they are minors before the law but act as independent free individuls who can visit males in their flats .

    Tintin Monday, 05 March 2012 11:08 PM

    Is it not AMAZING how many hits a news post could record simply by having the three letter word SEX in its headlines?? :))

    palitham Monday, 05 March 2012 11:31 PM

    why ban face book because of a young hot rod who may have had a poor family life or be mentally unstable. Use face book as it is meant to be used.


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