An Indian man who was jailed for raping a 14-year-old girl will not be deported because life in his home country would be too hard.
Oh diddums. I imagine life for the girl he raped is pretty tough also.
In 2003 he arrived in New Zealand with his mother and siblings at the age of nine.
The tribunal’s decision says that shortly after the family was granted residence, when the man was 14, he raped a girl in an area of bush behind their local temple.
The man’s mother and the girl’s father agreed not to report the matter to police as long as the rapist left for India immediately and never returned.
After arriving back in his birth country the man lived with an uncle, the tribunal decision said. The man’s name was not given by the tribunal.
But the house was crowded and he was soon kicked out, dependent on his mother to provide money for food and accommodation while he struggled with the heat and food poisoning.
Not being able to read or write Punjabi he could not find work and nine months later he came back to New Zealand.
The victim’s family found out and reported the matter to police, the tribunal decision said.
In 2013 he was found guilty of rape and sentenced to three-and-a-half years’ jail.
He was released on parole a little more than a year later, describing his experience in prison as “frightening”.
Barely any sentence at all.
Any criminal offending which is serious (say a strike offence) should result in automatic deportation if the person is not a NZ citizen.