A teenage gang member who repeatedly raped a mother in front of her seven-year-old daughter while on a two-day ice binge forced his victim to carry out another sickening act.
After the terrifying ordeal, Lorenz Shannyn Mekuli, 17, demanded the 23-year-old mother wipe down the windows to get rid of his fingerprints.
Mekuli had used the window to break into the victim’s property and presumably wanted to remove any evidence of his presence.
The teenager from Hamilton in New Zealand’s North Island has been given an eight year jail sentence.
He appeared in Hamilton District Court last Friday where he faced charges for rape, threatening to kill, sexual violation, attempted kidnapping, burglary and assault on a child.
The 23-year-old victim told the NZ Herald she was ‘really disappointed’ with the sentence as it’s hard to live a normal life following the ordeal.
‘He almost killed me and he almost killed my daughter,’ she said.
‘I still can’t believe that it happened in my own place. How can this happen in New Zealand?’
The court heard Mekuli, then 16, broke into his victim’s home via the window that had been left open at about 7am on Saturday April 7.
After stealing cash, the teenage gang associate made his way into the bedroom where the woman and her seven-year-old daughter were sleeping.
He jumped onto the bed and strangled the mother and daughter despite their screams and resistance.
Details of the horrific and lengthy attack were revealed in court.
Mekuli pulled the woman into the hallway and forced her to remove her clothes.
He raped the woman three times, punched her in the face and ordered her to perform oral sex while her daughter was forced to watch. He also performed oral sex on her, Stuff reported.
At the end of the sexual violation, the woman was punched in the face a second time and forced to wipe down the window sills to remove Mekuli’s fingerprints.
The victims managed to escape to a neighbour’s house after the teenager demanded he be driven away from the crime scene.
Police were called and Mekuli was tracked down six days later.
The court heard the teenager had been smoking methamphetamine in the two days before the incident.
Judge Louis Bidois told the court the victim’s life had been ‘totally destroyed’ by the ordeal.
Crown prosecutor Louella Dunn said the victim lost confidence and struggled to go about normal activities of life including sleeping, exercising and socialising.
Ms Dunn sought a minimum of 14 years in jail claiming the community needed to be protected.
‘There is a risk of re-offending. There is a risk to the public,’ she said.
Defence counsel Sacha Nepe argued for a lower sentence as the teenager endured a tough childhood involving domestic violence and drug use.
Mekuli, who showed no remorse for his victim, was sentenced to eight years in jail as the judge allowed a 35 per cent discount for a guilty plea and his youth.