Deaf man convicted of rape

A deaf Tauranga man is facing a prison sentence after being convicted of repeatedly raping and indecently assaulting a young girl in the Bay of Plenty.

Marama Rameka, a 68-year-old sickness beneficiary, was found guilty of three charges of indecent assault of a child under the age of 12-years-old and two charges of rape in the Rotorua High Court today.

The charges stem from repeated attacks on the same young girl in Rotorua between 1966 and 1976.

Rameka was found not guilty in a sixth charge of an alleged rape in the early 1990s.

Justice Paul Heath says Rameka, who required a translator throughout the six day hearing because he is deaf, is refused bail and a jail sentence is inevitable.

Rameka will be sentenced on September 21.

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sickness benifit

Posted on 01-08-2012 16:33 | By Calm Gully

He gets paid to do these sick things, might as well use the benefit for his life in jail.

Posted on 31-07-2012 19:12 | By mcd267

I’m glad he’s going to get what he deserves

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