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More commonly know as "Les"
Rape, three charges of sexual violation and one of abduction of a 24 year old intellectually disabled Lower Hutt woman in March 1995
At large in Paraparaumu
Sentenced to eight years in May 1996
Released in or around 2004
From the Evening Post May 25th 1996
A Lower Hutt man has been sentenced to eight years jail for raping an intellectually disabled woman. Leslie Keith Stinson, 48, unemployed, had been found guilty of rape, three charges of sexual violation and one of abduction. Justice Neazor in the High Court at Wellington yesterday said Stinson had taken advantage of a 24-year-old intellectually disabled woman after persuading her mother to let him take her for a walk along the riverbank in Lower Hutt in March last year.
He said before the incident the woman had been able to work in a sheltered way with children but became confused under pressure. She was now less able to do the things she used to do and suffered after-effects of hearing and seeing Stinson in her mind. Justice Neazor said others had also sexually assaulted the woman and the effects on her were not Stinson's sole responsibility but he must accept his part in it. He said in his view Stinson had set up and planned the rape and had breached a trust given to him by the woman's mother.
Crown prosecutor David Laurenson said the woman had been abducted and tied up and despite her disability had been quite clear that she was not interested in sexual conduct nor did she consent to it. He said she was a person who needed protection from Stinson. Defence counsel Bill Johnson said the woman had been a victim of three separate sexual attacks from three separate offenders and the effects of Stinson's attack should be differentiated from others. He said she was a victim of society simply by being in it.