A man who sexually violated his elderly neighbour before stomping her to death has lost a bid to appeal his sentence.
Jaden Lee Stroobant’s appeal was dismissed by Justice Brendan Brown on Monday morning in Auckland, according to The NZ Herald.
In May, the 21-year-old was sentenced to life in prison with a minimum no-parole period of 17 years for murdering Cunziu Tian, 69, at her home in the city’s north-west in January 2016.
Stroobant was handed a sentence of preventative detention by Justice Graham Lang for the sexual offences.
Justice Lang said Stroobant refused to properly acknowledge the sexual offences.
The 21-year-old appealed the preventative detention sentence, but was denied.
His lawyer Emma Priest told the NZ Herald the ‘imposition of preventive detention was out of line with all other cases and the exercise of the discretion was wrong in this case as a result.’
‘In particular, his age, guilty plea and that he had never been offered substantive rehabilitative opportunities as his longest previous sentence was six months imprisonment.’
Ms Priest said Stroobant’s guilty plea showed that he had taken responsibility for the sexual offences.
Justice Brendan Brown upheld the sentence, stating it imposed to keep the community safe.
‘Here, we note in particular the absence of insight on the part of Mr Stroobant into his sexual offending and his lack of empathy with his victims,’ said Justice Brown.