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Stewart Murray Wilson sentenced to prison for historic rape, but will file an appeal

Stewart Murray Wilson at the opening of his trial in October.

David White

Stewart Murray Wilson at the opening of his trial in October.

Stewart Murray Wilson, known as The Bean of Blenheim, was sentenced to two years and four months in prison for the rape of women and one child.

However, the tensed Wilson promised to fight – he instructed his lawyer to look back on his sentence and condemnation, shortly after being detained on Thursday morning.

Wilson, 72, was convicted in October for rape, dating back to the 1970s and 1980s, after a trial at the High Court in Auckland.

He was considered one of the most serious sex offenders in the country, was imprisoned in 1996 for 21 years due to various crimes, including rape and inappropriate offensive between 1972 and 1994.

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Judge Graham Lang was limited to a sentence that Wilson could impose with the latest judgments on the fact that he was already sentenced to 21 years for his previous violation.

Justice Lang had to consider what additional incentive, if any, had the judge to pronounce a judgment in 1996 if he knew about the latest judgments.

Allowing Wilson to be sentenced to house arrest was not a valid option because of the severity of his violation, Justice Lang said.

Speaking after the verdict, Wilson's lawyer Andrew McKenzie said his client was sentenced to a sentence and sentencing conviction.

In a letter to the judge, Wilson stated that he was "sorry for his past" and any injuries he might have caused.

"I pray for the mercy of the court and I am sorry for my past, I have no reminder of the charges … or of the people."

Wilson explained that his lack of memory was due to the "shock therapy" he had experienced in childhood at the mental health department.

The jury was not told in his last trial about Wilson's previous violation or his 1996 trial, but only his name was said to him.

Evidence examined by the jury referred to four complainants who claimed that each was raped by Wilson at different times, and at different locations around New Zealand in the 1970s.

Wilson was between 26 and 33 years old.

One of the complainants was only nine years old when she raped her.

Another victim, who gave her testimony at an earlier hearing because of a terrible illness, told the court at the trial that Wilson broke into her home in 1972. She called the policeman who came, but they could not find him.

After leaving, Wilson reappeared and attacked.

"I was standing in my room and my hand came around my neck and I heard him say:" You … I heard you call the police, and I'll get you for this. "

"He told me he was hiding in one of the cabinets in the kitchen and so he heard me call the police, I was scared."

Wilson made the woman go to the city of Wellington and eat a meal before taking her home and raped her three times during the night.

Her child was in that room.

"It was the longest night of my life," she said.

Child Wilson raped, now an adult woman, remembered at the trial how far the traumatic attack on her was.

"I remember saying good girl, soon it will be over. I think he said other things, but my memory is not clear.

"I spent a long time trying to forget," she said.

Since 2012, Wilson lives in the Whanganui Prison in a detached unit.

Corrections allowed him to perform certain activities, such as fishing, while he was supervised by the guards.

The latest judgments came when Wilson was re-investigated in 2016 due to historical complaints.

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